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Articles from the October 20, 2020 edition


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  • For the Record, Oct. 20, 2020

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a Monday 9:18 a.m. complaint that co-workers were receiving mail with false information about the caller who is from the Havre area. -- A Cleveland Avenue caller reported Monday at 10:05 a.m. that the fuel door was open and the fuel cap was off on his vehicle. -- Officers investigated a 6:58 p.m. Monday report to the police station of a remote breathalyzer test violation. --- Child and Family Services made a report to officers Mond...

  • COVID-19 tracking update, Oct. 20, 2020

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Hill County reported Monday evening a COVID-19-related death. The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 24,093 with 706 new cases. The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 1,055 with 360 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 445,021 with 2,655 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 252. The number of recoveries was 14,842 and the number... Full story

  • Pony football first HHS sport affected by COVID-19

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    HHS season ends with Billings Central game called off The coronavirus pandemic has always been something that could, and most likely would impact the 2020 Montana high school fall sports season. Now, however, it's brought the Havre High football season to an end. Monday morning, Havre High Activities Director Brian Kessler announced in a statement that Havre's season finale, which was slated for Friday night, has been canceled due to a COVID-19 issue with the Blue Pony footbal...

  • Tester on 'unacceptable' Empire Builder cuts: Amtrak needs to give Montanans 'clear answers'

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Note: This is from the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen. Jon Tester released Monday a statement as Amtrak’s cuts in service to the Empire Builder line, which crosses the entire state of Montana along the Hi-Line, go into effect. Those cuts reduce the number of trains running along the route from seven days a week to three. “I’ve been sounding the alarm for months that this reduction in service will be devastating to Hi-Line communities, economies, and families who use the train to visit family across the count...

  • COVID-19 has varied impact on different schools in the region

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    With the increase of cases of COVID-19 around the state and in Hill, Chouteau, Blaine and Liberty counties, cases are being found in the schools as well, which is causing some to shift their plans. Havre Havre Public Schools last week to have school go to remote learning to next Wednesday, Oct. 28 and for extracurricular activities to continue with additional precautions. Monday night, the school board voted to cancel the next football game due to 33 football players being...

  • Funeral homes dealing with new times in the pandemic

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Funeral homes are among other businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home Owner Jennifer Kinsella said things have been depressing. “People are dying without their family and trying to exist without seeing their families,” she said. “Funerals and memorial services have changed drastically.” Daniel Dahl, owner and operator of Wilderness Funeral Homes in Chinook, said in January and February business was pretty busy, but then in March when Gov. Steve Bullock shut the state down with the stay-at...

  • Crisis help and support numbers listed

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation and stress caused by it, many people are looking for resources for themselves and others who need support. Following are a list of some numbers people can call for help and support. • Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) • RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 • Tumbleweed Runaway and Family Crisis Program: 406-259-2558 and, toll free, 1-888-816-4702 • Friendship Line by Institute on Aging is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warm-li... Full story

  • Mask up for life

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Dear Editor, “Wash your hands.” “Wear a mask.” Words that will ring in my ears until this dreaded virus is stopped forever. Until we abide by these regulations, we not live to see what happens. We use seat belts, buy driver’s licenses to help protect our lives. Many people are high-risk people. I saw a man dying of the virus on TV. As he was dying, he said, “It is serious. Abide by regulations.” Please, Montana, mask up; save your life and the lives of others. Vote, too. Carol Heggen Kremlin...

  • Do not deface the flag

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Dear Editor, Recently I have observed a troubling trend regarding the inappropriate use of the flag of these United States of America. Two examples of which are: defacing the American flag with the name of a person and replacing the red, white and blue with the alternative colors of a particular movement. The First Amendment does afford citizens the right to express a personal viewpoint. My concern is that defacing or replacing our nation’s flag with a particular party’s propaganda leads toward replacing democracy with fas...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission business meeting

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    The Hill County Commission business meeting will start Thursday at 11 a.m. The meeting agenda is: Public comments on non-agenda items Public comments on agenda items Claims Employment Resolutions Contract(s) PILOT Agreement Board appointments Policy updates County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval County Needs MACo - Inmate excess medical insurance Bid package-control panels at Hill County Detention Center...

  • Obituary - Russell J. Mitchell

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Russell J. Mitchell, 73, passed away due to natural causes at the Northern Montana Care Center Sunday, October 18, 2020. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. today, October 20, 2020, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Warrior’s Burial Grounds Cemetery.... Full story

  • Obituary - Eurice L. McDougall III

    Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Eurice L. McDougall III, 71, passed away due to natural causes at Northern Montana Care Center Thursday, October 15, 2020. Cremation has taken place, and due to the current situation, no services are planned at this time. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Eurice's memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at http://www.hollandbonine.com . Eurice was born June 10, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Eurice and... Full story

  • A harvest of pandemic pumpkins

    Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    When the pandemic hit this spring, two former Montana State University-Northern college roommates, Jim Elliot and Andy Kueffler, who have families in Havre, decided they wanted to grow pumpkins. Their goal was to see who could grow the largest pumpkins. They searched the internet for seeds for giant pumpkins to make the competition spectacular. Andy started his pumpkin plants inside in May and then planted outside in June. Jim started his inside in March to early April and...

  • Hi-Line Football: Sugarbeeters, Hawks fall in heartbreakers

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    The Chinook Sugarbeeters still need a win to make the 2020 Class C playoffs. They almost got that last Friday night, but in heartbreaking fashion, they fell short. In a Northern C play-in game Chinook crossed into the A Division to take on the Belt Huskies last Friday, and in a seesaw affair, the Huskies came away with a 30-28 win. The lead changed hands five times in the exciting game, but late, Chinook had trouble slowing down Belt’s Caymen Evans, who rushed for 280 yard son...

  • Blue Ponies host M-Ettes tonight in the Corral

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    After an exciting win Saturday night, the Havre High volleyball team is right back in the Blue Pony Corral. Tonight, the Blue Ponies host the Malta M-Ettes in a non-conference match. It’s the second meeting between Havre and Malta. The Ponies beat the M-Ettes in their season-opener last month in Malta. Havre has been on a roll as of late, winning three straight matchers, including a five-set thriller over Lewistown last Saturday. The Ponies are currently 7-3 this season, a...

  • Hi-Line Volleyball Area volleyball regular season winds down

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Last week was a quiet one on the Hi-Line volleyball front. This coming week, however, won’t be. That’s because this week marks the final week of the regular season for Class C and B volleyball teams, and then its on to district tournaments. First, though, there were some key matches last week, though it was a short schedule due to MEA. Last Tuesday saw Fort Benton defeat Geraldine-Highwood in a sweep by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 26-24. The Longhorns remained unbeaten in the...

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Oct 19, 2020

    TUESDAY High School Volleyball Havre vs Malta, 7 p.m. THURSDAY High School Volleyball FRIDAY High School Football Havre vs Central, canceled Chinook vs Cascade, 7 p.m. Harlem at Conrad High School Volleyball Chinook at Rivals CJI at Centerville Fort Benton vs North Star Harlem vs Poplar High School XC All-Class State in Kalispell College XC MSU-N at Bulldog Invite in Dillon SATURDAY High School Football Big Sandy vs Wibaux, 1 p.m. High School Volleyball Havre vs Sidney, 4...

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