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Articles from the October 18, 2017 edition


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  • Overflow crowd fills medical marijuana meeting

    Alex Ross|Updated Nov 1, 2017

    Scores of medical marijuana patients, providers and critics were among people who overflowed the Havre City Council chambers Tuesday night at the Council's Ordinance Committee about whether to ban or regulate medical marijuana storefront dispensaries. The meeting was the third held by the Ordinance Committee about how to handle storefront dispensaries. For nearly two hours, people spoke about medical marijuana and the possible impact of allowing dispensaries. "My wife is...

  • Lorett, McKinney and Pester face off in Ward 4

    Alex Ross|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Lorraine M. Pester has lived in Havre since 1984, she said, and is running for Havre City Council as a way to contribute her viewpoint to the discussion about the issues facing the city. "I've been through a lot of stuff, seen a lot of things and I thought maybe I could make a difference if I got on there and tried to help out," she said. Pester will face Will Lorett and Sarah McKinney in the race for the Ward 4 seat now held by Matthew Boucher. Boucher did not file for...

  • Lorett, McKinney and Pester face off in Ward 4

    Alex Ross|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Sarah McKinney spent most of her life in Havre, she said, and she has decided to run for Havre City Council because being on the council seems like a productive, proactive way to make Havre a better place to live. "I think it is an opportunity to get more done, versus something where you are part of a board and all you do is meet and nothing ever gets accomplished," McKinney said. McKinney will face Will Lorett and Lorraine Pester in the race for the Ward 4 Council seat now he...

  • Lorett, McKinney and Pester face off in Ward 4

    Alex Ross|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Will Lorett said he is running for Havre City Council because he and his wife come from families that have encouraged them to improve things wherever they go. "So far that has included our home, our yard, our lives," he said. Lorett said serving on City Council is the next logical step. He will face Sarah McKinney and Lorraine M. Pester in the race for the Ward 4 Council seat held by Matthew Boucher. Boucher did not file to run for re-election. Ballots in Havre will be mailed...

  • Fires in Blaine county, fire chief injured

    Paul Dragu|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Blaine County volunteer firefighting crews spent late Tuesday putting out at least two fires that ignited earlier in the day, one of which was wind-related, the other injuring a fire chief who was battling it. Fire Chief of the Harlem Fire Department, Robert Scheffelmaer, was injured while battling a fire near Harlem, said Kraig Hansen, fire chief of the Chinook volunteer fire department. Hansen had no further details about how Scheffelmaer was injured or his condition. Julianne LaSmith from Northern Montana Hospital said...

  • Fair board talks repair, revenue and insurance money

    Paul Dragu|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Tuesday night’s Great Northern Fair Board meeting included talk about replacing a Bigger Better Barn door that had been broken during a rodeo, more than $400,000 received in insurance claim money and ideas for how the fairgrounds can generate revenue. A Bigger Better Barn door was broken during the Montana State University-Northern rodeo when a horse got hung up on it by the saddle horn. Its getting caught up caused the horse to “blow up,” Scott Doney said. The door was shattered and brought off the hinges during the melee...

  • People warned to watch for tree limbs

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    From Havre Department of Public Works Due to the recent severe weather event Oct. 2-3, many of the trees in the area have received extensive damage. Some of this damage includes large broken branches and snags that are still connected or hung up in the trees. Because of the high winds expected throughout this week we are reminding residents to please be aware of their surroundings and the hazards that may be associated with the hanging branches and snags. The staff of Havre’s Department of Public Works would also like to t...

  • Havre speech and debate setting up tournament

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Press release The Havre High School speech and debate team is getting into full swing for the season, including getting ready to host the season-opening tournament a week from Saturday. Head coach Tim Leeds said the season is starting to shape up well for Havre. “We have been graduating a lot of talent from our team each of the last few years — only three members have come back from last year so far — but we have a lot of new talent coming out for the team,” Leeds said. He added that the people who have joined so far range f...

  • Letter to the Editor - Girl Scouts best option for girls

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Editor, Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to be the champion of girls. In today’s world, girls need girl-only spaces where girls are the first thought not an afterthought. Girls need to feel safe and encouraged by positive female role models to be a G.I.R.L. — where they are Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers and Leaders. Girl Scouts provides the necessary space for girls to learn and thrive. Girl Scouts works! We stand firm in our belief that Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the wor...

  • Letter to the Editor - Why I am running against Jon Tester

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Money is the lifeblood of our economy, but our financial system is a train-wreck in slow motion. After the banking system collapsed in 2008, only ruinous borrowing has even allowed us to pretend that our economy is recovering. If you borrow credit card money, has your income gone up? No. If you subtract all the borrowing, our economy has actually been shrinking. We face an economic catastrophe when the bill comes due. Our banking system has been giving us a false recovery and transferring wealth from the poor to the rich in... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor - Lindsey Ratliff deserves your vote

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Editor, I am writing on behalf of my friend, mentor and City Council candidate Lindsey Ratliff. I first met Mrs. Lindsey Ratliff my sophomore year of high school as my history teacher. Although it was her first year as a teacher, with her undying determination and commitment to her students, Ms. Ratliff was more than efficient in education, she was inspirational. Lindsey has also proven to have excellent management and leadership abilities. My junior year, she persuaded me to attend the Close Up trip to Washington, D.C. Not...

  • Letter to the Editor - Storm illustrates kindness and friendliness of Havre

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Editor, The kindness and friendliness of Havre were demonstrated after the recent storm, as we were helped in the cleanup by several individuals and groups. Among them were friends and neighbors and both the LDS youth group and the LDS volunteer service group. We couldn’t have done much without their help. Not only were they efficient in this tiring work, but cheerful and friendly. Thank you. Lloyd and Margaret Stallkamp Havre...

  • Agenda - Montana State Parks & Recreation Board Announces October Agenda

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    HELENA — Montana State Parks & Recreation Board announced today the agenda for the Tuesday, Oct. 24 meeting at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park located at 342 Ulm-Vaughn Rd. in Ulm. The board will hold a work session from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. which will familiarize the new members with the role and function of the board, meeting protocol and other related board processes. The work session will also include an overview of the Parks Division budgets. The board meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. with introductions of the b...

  • Agenda - Havre City-County Airport Board

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Havre City-County Airport Board will meet in City Hall Thursday at 3 p.m. The meeting agenda is: 1. Approval of Sept. 21 minutes. 2. Correspondence. 3. Reports: (A) Manager (B) Inspection (C) Finance (D) Engineer - DOWL a. Taxiway and Apron Area Project Update 4. Public Comments 5. Unfinished Business (A) Big Hangar Repair Status a. Siding (B) NorthWestern Energy Power Bill 6. New Business (A) Audit Report- Anderson Zurmuehlen (B) CIP Update (C) Apron-Taxiway Project Amendment (D) Airport Credit Card Consideration (E) Snow...

  • Agenda - Hill County Weed Board agenda

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Hill County Weed Board will meet Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hill County Shop. • Call to order: Minutes • Public comment • Correspondence • Unfinished business: Phragmites • New business: Budget; purchase orders; district update; grants; Mosquito-Weed districts contract.... Full story

  • For the Record, Oct. 18, 2017

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated after a Northern Montana Hospital caller reported Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. that someone driving a Jeep backed into his pickup truck. —— Officers investigated after a Cleveland Avenue caller reported Tuesday at 2:22 p.m. made a theft or forgery or fraud report. —— Officers investigated after a First Street West business caller reported Tuesday at 3:03 p.m. that a theft had occurred. —— Officers investigated after a First Street West business caller reported Tuesday at 3:04 p.m. t...

  • Obituary - Fay Marie (Heimbigner) Wolfe

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Fay Marie (Heimbigner) Wolfe of Chester, 81, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Fay was born July 25, 1936, in Chester. She was raised in Chester and graduated from Chester High School. Dec. 11, 1953, Fay married her high school sweetheart, Dean R. Wolfe, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chester when she was 17 years old. Fay worked as a telephone operator until they acquired some neighboring farmland, including the old Gunder Strand place. In the late 1970s, the... Full story

  • Obituary - Jean L. "Jitter Bug" Belcourt

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    Jean L. "Jitter Bug" Belcourt, 77, passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, due to long-standing health complications. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Jean was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Texas to James and Essie (Sullivan) Peacock and grew up in Arizona after her family moved there when she was a little girl. Jean moved to Montana in 1969 with Gerald "Chief" Belcourt to build their lives together, and married a few years later. A major... Full story

  • Reminder in the field this hunting season: Be a good steward of the land

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. The FWP Region 6 Citizens Advisory Committee, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the need for more public outreach. Since the start of hunting season, there have been reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area...

  • Avoid these 10 common hunting mistakes

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    From Fish, Wildlife and Parks Each fall tens of thousands of Montana men and women spend anywhere from a few hours to a several weeks hunting. Most have a wonderful time; a few run afoul of the law. Here are 10 problem areas, courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens, that hunters seem to stumble over year after year: 1. Trespassing. Hunters must have permission of the landowner before hunting on private land. In Montana, private land does not have to be posted for a hunter to be guilty of trespassing. Ask...

  • From Montana Farm Bureau

    Updated Oct 18, 2017

    “Listen, Learn and Lead” is the theme of the 98th Annual Montana Farm Bureau Convention Nov. 12-15 at the Northern and DoubleTree Hotels in Billings. More than 300 farmers and ranchers from across the state will come together to glean new leaderships skills, learn to advocate for agriculture and set policy for the coming year. “This convention promises to educate as well as entertain,” said Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson. “We will have top-notch speakers who will make us all better leaders. Our conventio...

  • Big home finales await Blue Pony spikers

    Chris Peterson|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    After playing three straight matches outside of the Central A conference, the Havre High volleyball team returns to the HHS gymnasium for back-to-back conference dates with Livingston and Belgrade. The Blue Ponies, who are 6-8 overall, but 0-3 in the Central A, will host Livingston Thursday, followed by another home match Friday against Belgrade. Both matches will start at approximately 4:30 p.m. “Livingston is a solid team, they have some OK hitters,” HHS head coach Tam...

  • Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Kaylee Nystrom, Havre X-Country

    Chris Peterson|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    For some people, running is very difficult. For others, it comes naturally and with the way Kaylee Nystrom has run the past two years for the Havre Blue Pony girls cross country team, she seems like one of those naturals. Nystrom is a three-sport athlete at Havre High, competing not only in cross country, but basketball and track as well. Nystrom has played varsity basketball the past two seasons for Havre and was a distance runner for the track team last spring. The senior, w...

  • MSU-N Basketball Preview: Consistent Lights hit the hardwood

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 18, 2017

    One thing the Montana State University-Northern Lights have been under head coach Shawn Huse is consistent. Year-in-and-year-out, the Lights have always been a team to be dealt with in the Frontier Conference. A decade of 20-win seasons proves that. And as the 2017-18 season dawns, it doesn’t appear like that’s going to change. Sure, the Lights will once again have plenty of new faces on the floor this winter, but with Huse at the helm for another year, and a program that is...

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Oct 17, 2017

    Wednesday High School Football Big Sandy vs Augusta, 2 p.m. North Star at Geraldine/Highwood, 2 p.m. High School Volleyball Rocky Boy vs Shelby Thursday High School Volleyball Havre vs Park, 3:30 p.m. College Wrestling MSU-N Maroon/Gold Dual, 7 p.m. Friday High School Football Havre at Miles City, 6 p.m. Harlem at Conrad, 7 p.m. High School Volleyball Havre vs Belgrade, 3:30 p.m. Harlem at Wolf Point College Volleyball Skylights vs RMC, 7 p.m. College X-Country MSU-N at...

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