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Articles from the November 1, 2013 edition

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  • Meth biggest drug problem on Hi-Line, task force says

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 3, 2013

    The Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force has been helping the fight against drugs in Hill County and in the surrounding areas and reservations since 1988. The force holds investigations in Liberty, Hill, Phillips and Blaine counties, as well as Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap Indian reservations. Right now, the force is just comprised of three officers: a U.S. Border Patrol agent, a Hill County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Havre Police Department officer. They are trying to raise the number of men to four with a representative f... Full story

  • Blue Ponies, Cowboys meet again

    Daniel Horton|Updated Nov 2, 2013

    It has been almost two months since the Class A meeting between the Havre High and Miles City football teams in Havre. Being a nonconference matchup, the week two-game didn't put too much on the line for either team, but after lightning ended things with a fizzle just minutes into the second half, both teams will finally find some closure after a 6-6 tie. Saturday at 12 p.m. the No. 2 Central A Blue Ponies will host the No. 3 Eastern A Cowboys at Blue Pony Stadium in Havre in... Full story

  • Lights take the sting out of Yellowjackets

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    It was a historic night in the Armory Gymnasium, with former Frontier Conference power Montana State-Billings returning to Havre for the first time since 1996. But the Lights weren't a very welcoming host. Northern used an 18-0 run to pull away and beat the NCAA DII Yellowjackets 71-50, improving to 6-0 on the season. Northern got a game-high 21 points from Alfie Miller, while Corbin Pearson added 18 and Will Perry scored 12. MSU-B freshman and former Malta standout Kendall... Full story

  • FBI seeking suspect in Baker child molestation

    Updated Nov 1, 2013

    HELENA (AP) - The FBI and law enforcement officers in eastern Montana are asking for the public's help in locating a man suspected of molesting a 5-year-old girl in Baker. The man has been known to use the aliases Sean Denning, Shawn Denning, Sean Dennis, Dave Freebard and Dennis Shawn. He is between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, about 135 pounds and between the ages of 44 and 55. He has gray hair and brown eyes. The man was last seen in Miles City on Aug. 20.... Full story

  • Attorneys: Man unfit for trial in Sherry Arnold murder case

    MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    BILLINGS (AP) — Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing an eastern Montana teacher filed court papers Friday saying his mental disabilities render him unfit to stand trial in a case that could carry the death penalty. Defense attorneys asked state district Judge Richard Simonton to commit 24-year-old Michael Keith Spell to the Montana State Hospital or another state facility for up to 60 days to undergo a mental examination. The Parachute, Colo., man faces a felony murder charge in the January 2012 death of S... Full story

  • Yellowstone treasurer uses racial epithet in email

    Updated Nov 1, 2013

    BILLING (AP) — A Yellowstone County employee says his use of slurs in an email expressing his disbelief that President Barack Obama was re-elected is no reason for him to resign. County Treasurer Max Lenington said he won't resign over what he called a personal message to his sister. He did say that possibility was raised in a discussion with county Attorney Scott Twito on Thursday. Twito's office is investigating whether there are grounds to recall Lenington for comments made in an email sent from his work computer last y... Full story

  • Chinook native teaches classical ballet to Havre youth

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Patrick Campbell, the owner of the Montana Academy of Dance, teaches Havre's youth and enthusiasts the art of ballet, jazz and tap. The academy is located on the top floor of the Atrium Mall and teaches all ages interested, men and women; boys and girls. Sally Anderson of Chinook has been helping Campbell for six years at his studio. Her own 14-year-old daughter, Erika, has been training under Campbell for seven years and assists him in his instruction of his younger... Full story

  • Havre shopping, new sidewalks and a new stable

    Emily Mayer|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    In continuing this series celebrating Havre's 120th anniversary of incorporation, we visit the year 1898. The Oct. 28 issue of The Milk River Eagle had mostly political articles on the front page. They had some great stories in the social pages. Town And Country A social hop will be given in the K. P. hall on the 3rd. It will be the greatest and the grandest ball of the year. --- Martin O'Neil, one of this city's heaviest real estate owners and a former prominent townsman,... Full story

  • Bigger issues than who shut down Yellowstone

    Henry Kriegel|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Recently, I had a spirited Facebook conversation with a friend who was upset about the government shutdown. He was not happy that Yellowstone and Yosemite parks were closed because it was hurting his vacation property rental business. And like many, he blamed the tea party and the GOP. Let’s look at some facts. Due to mandatory spending, 87 percent of the federal government was considered “essential” and unaffected by “shutdowns.” Only 13 percent requiring annual budgeting is discretionary and subject to shutdown. The Adminis... Full story

  • 'Tis the spirit of the season

    Pam Burke|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    By the time you read this, Halloween will be over, and, for the 25th year in a row, I will have had no trick-or-treaters and I will have had to eat all the candy myself, thus making Halloween the best holiday ever. Not that I can't buy and eat all the candy I want whenever I want — it's an adult perk — but Halloween candy is better. Everybody knows that. Even the candy you didn't really like on a regular basis was eaten at Halloween because it was a little gift from a neighbor... Full story

  • Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels, November 1, 2013

    Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Laurel — The Highway 2 Association will hold its annual meeting at the Duck Inn Friday, Nov. 8. The group has been actively pushing for construction of a four-lane highway across Montana for some time now. The group is sometimes a thorn in the side to people in power. It is a group we sometimes agree with and sometimes disagree with, but they are a group of good people pushing hard for what they believe is best for Havre. We wish them well in their meeting and in the future. Dart — The hours at Wild Horse port have rev... Full story

  • Mildred Kampf Bailey

    Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Mildred Kampf Bailey of North St. Paul, Minn., passed away peacefully with loving family by her side, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Maplewood Care Center, as the result of a lengthy, courageous battle with multiple sclerosis and complications from that disease. Millie was born June 2, 1931, in a sod house on the family homestead in Hill County near Laredo, Mont. She was the 12th of 13 children born to German-Russian immigrant parents, Samuel and Christina Boschee Kampf. When she was... Full story

  • Malls of Havre host trick-or-treaters

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Ninja turtles, princesses, ghouls and more were seen lining up for candy at the Atrium and Holiday Village malls Thursday for Halloween. The malls provided a clean, well-lighted place for children and their families to go to showcase their costumes and collect candy from shop employees. "It's fun; a little more personal" said Cheryl Richmond, who works at Punkin Doodles in the Atrium. Richmond said the Atrium stores open their doors to trick-or-treaters every year. Julie... Full story

  • For the Record, November 1, 2013

    Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Havre Police Department A 39-year-old Havre woman was issued a summons for failure to stop for a school bus after officers responded to an 8:28 a.m. Thursday call at the police department. ——— A 24-year-old North Dakota woman was arrested on outstanding justice or city court warrants and a 28-year-old Polson man was arrested for outstanding justice or city court warrants, obstructing a peace officer and possession of dangerous drugs after officers assisted another agency at 3:13 p.m. Thursday. ——— Officer investigated a 4:59... Full story

  • Blaine County elk poaching reported, reward offered

    Fish Wildlife and Parks|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are seeking information from the public about the illegal killing of a bull elk in southern Blaine County. FWP Warden Dirk Paulsen of Chinook said the elk was shot and killed sometime between Oct. 24-27 on Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation school trust land in the John Coulee area east of Cow Creek and south of the Hays road. The poaching took place in Hunting District 621, where a special permit is required to harvest a bull elk. Paulsen said the animal’s b... Full story

  • Tester: Thinks tone of Congress may have changed

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Thursday that he believes Congress will be able to keep the government running and again raise the nation’s debt ceiling when the deadlines set last month come up in January and February. “I think it will,” he said, adding, “I’m optimistic most of the time, anyway. “It wasn’t particularly successful,” Tester added about the shutdown, saying that it has created a backlash for most members of Congress. “It was more painful for some of the obstructionists,” he added. A contentious showdow... Full story

  • Cats, Griz on the road

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    For the second straight week, the Montana Grizzlies and Montana State Bobcats are coming off two very different games, and their upcoming opponents are very different as well. The No. 5 Bobcats (4-0, 6-2) are surging heading into Saturday's road game at last-place Northern Colorado. Meanwhile, the No. 12 Grizzlies (3-2, 6-2) are looking to regroup after a tremendous battle for a second straight Saturday inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Montana heads to up-start Sacramento... Full story

  • Local treatment courts expanding

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Local drug and driving under the influence courts are continuing and expanding in Hill County, with the U.S. Department of Justice awarding the county a three-year $349,923 grant to set up a dedicated drug court. Hill Count Justice of the Peace Audrey Barger, who presides over the drug and DUI courts, said the team started running a full drug court Oct. 1, as soon as it received the grant. The DUI court, which has had some limited ability to handle drug cases, started operating last December after receiving a $68,000 grant... Full story

  • Lights ready to brighten the night

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    If ever there were two good football teams in desperate need of a win, it would be the Montana State University-Northern Lights and the Montana Tech Orediggers. And one of them is going to get that much-needed win on Saturday night. The Lights (4-4, 4-4), losers of three straight games, and the Orediggers (2-5, 2-5), who have lost five out of their last six meet Saturday night inside Blue Pony Stadium. Kickoff in Havre is set for a special time of 6:30 p.m. due to Havre... Full story

  • Throwback night in the Armory

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Once upon a time, the Northern Montana College Lights had a great rivalry with not one, but two basketball teams in Billings. And while the rivalry between Montana State University-Northern and Rocky Mountain College flourishes to this day, the days of the Lights doing battle with Eastern Montana College are long gone. However, tonight will be a throwback for Northern fans, and especially for fans of the original Frontier Conference as the now Montana State... Full story

  • It's now or never for Hawks, Knights

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    For the two area high school football teams making the trek east for the first round of the Montana high school football playoffs this weekend, it's all about redemption. For the Chester/J-I Hawks (7-2), redemption is sought after they were stunned by Drummond in the first round of the Class C playoffs a year ago in Chester. The Hawks took a perfect 9-0 record into that game and had aspirations of a coveted state championship, only to bounced by the powerful Trojans.... Full story

  • Game Day Feature: Northern brought them together

    Daniel Horton|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Sometimes the words fate or destiny might be overused or even overly dramatic. But sometimes, that same description might be the only way to describe a positive situation that just comes together at the right place and at the right time. But even if it wasn't fate that finally brought two brothers to the same football team, getting a chance to play together in college turned out to be the perfect situation. Montana State University-Northern senior safety Josh Baum has played... Full story

  • Skylights sweep Bulldogs to remain perfect in Frontier

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    If the UM-Western Bulldogs were a road test for the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team, then the Skylights passed with flying colors. Thursday night in Dillon, the Skylights romped to a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs, winning by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-20. The win pushed Northern’s record to 13-0 in the Frontier Conference and 22-4 overall. MSU-N has a two-game lead over Rocky Mountain College in the Frontier standings with only three matches left in t... Full story

  • Northern women hit the road

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    The Montana State University-Northern women's basketball team has been able to enjoy a nice start at home. And while the Skylights certainly got a stern, season-opening test from both the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and the Mount Royal Cougars, things get a bit more uncomfortable for Northern this weekend. Today and Saturday in Spokane, the Skylights (2-0) play their first two road games of the season. Tonight, Northern will take on Cascade Conference favorite Eastern... Full story

  • HHS spikers finish in Lewistown

    Daniel Horton|Updated Nov 1, 2013

    A win or a loss this weekend won't budge the conference standings for or against the Havre High volleyball team, but the Blue Ponies would love nothing more than to end the regular season with some positive momentum against one of the top teams in the conference. The Blue Ponies are in fourth place with a 2-5 record in the Central A and 5-11 record overall. But in the final regular season match, the Ponies will face the No. 2 team in the conference. The Lewistown Golden... Full story

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