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  • Board brings back head to retirement agency

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Nov 6, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The Montana Public Employees Retirement Board reversed course Tuesday and decided during a closed-door meeting to reinstate the head of the state pension agency less than two weeks after placing her on leave. The board had little to say after making the decision to keep Executive Director Roxanne Minnehan. Minnehan had been placed on administrative leave late last month after a meeting with board President Scott Moore. At the time, Moore said there were concerns with workplace issues involving Minnehan. But t... Full story

  • Solomon beats Rice for Havre mayor

    Tim Leeds John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 6, 2013

    In preliminary results, released pending a recount, incumbent first-term Havre Mayor Tim Solomon, a Democrat, again won in a race against former mayor Republican Bob Rice. The first results showed Solomon defeating Rice 1,399-1,110 55.8 percent of the vote, winning in all four wards. In 2009, Solomon defeated Rice in his bid for a third term with more than 62 percent of the vote. Results of the races for city council, city judge and the vote on non-partisan elections had not y... Full story

  • Nonpartisan election proposal sails through

    John Kelleher|Updated Nov 6, 2013

    In the last 120 years, Havre City Council has had Republican, Democratic, Progressive and Socialist members. But no more. Voters Tuesday voted 1,938 to 577 to hold nonpartisan elections in the future. That means the people elected in Tuesday's elections will be the last ones o have party labels listed next to their names on the ballot. City Councilman Andrew Brekke was the supported the proposal, He said the issues that come before City Council are not partisan, and therefore candidates should not be partisan. It will be... Full story

  • Boucher tops Datko in Ward 4

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    Republican Matt Boucher won the only contested Havre City Council race, defeating Democrat Karen Datko 225-173 in the race for the open four-year seat in Ward 4. Results for other uncontested races and the proposed amendment to city code creating non-partisan city elections are not yet available.... Full story

  • Havre woman claims $250k scratch prize

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    Another Havre lottery winner was announced this morning after a woman scratched her way to a $250,000 prize. Mary Tofari won her prize by playing “$250,000 Cash Quest,” which is a scratch-off game. Lottery officials said Tofari was running errands and stopped at the Town Pump on 1st Street to purchase a beverage and two “$250,000 Cash Quest” scratch-off tickets. A winning $2 million ticket was also sold in Havre recently. Lottery officials say no one has claimed that prize yet.... Full story

  • Lawyer: Augare to plead guilty if fed charges stay

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — State Sen. Shannon Augare will plead guilty to charges of drunken driving, reckless driving and obstruction of a peace officer if a magistrate judge rejects a request to dismiss the federal charges, his attorney said Tuesday in a court filing. A change of plea would allow Augare, a Blackfeet tribal council member, to avoid defending himself in U.S. District Court against the same charges he pleaded guilty to in tribal court last month in connection with a May 26 traffic stop. His trial had been scheduled to b... Full story

  • Hi-Line Football Roundup: Knights, Hawks suffer playoff losses

    Daniel Horton|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    It was a tough ending for the two local prep football teams that made it into the postseason. Both the Chester/J-I Hawks and the North Star Knights lost close, first-round games on the road Saturday. The Six-Man North Star Knights, who had a very impressive 2013, after a less than memorable 2012, by finishing the season 6-2, and as a No. 3 seed out of the North. The Knights earned a spot in the playoffs for the first time in two years. And Facing the No. 2 Westby-Grenora Thund... Full story

  • Hi-Line Athletes of the Week

    Updated Nov 5, 2013

    Emily Dennis, Chinook Volleyball In the sport of volleyball, hitters and blockers seem to get all the glory. It's the nature of the game. But reliable defenders like Chinook senior Emily Dennis can make all the difference. Dennis did just that this past weekend for Chinook as she led the 6C champion Sugarbeeters in digs and aces during the district tournament in Gildford. In three matches, Dennis totaled 102 digs, including a remarkable 58 in the title match against North... Full story

  • MSU-N's Miller touted as the Frontier Player of the Week

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    The Montana State University-Northern Lights have their first Frontier Conference Player of the Week honor. Northern senior guard Alfie Miller was named Frontier Player of the Week on Monday. Miller, a 6-0 guard from Seattle, Wash., scored a game-high 24 points to help the No. 24 Lights beat NCAA DII rival Montana State-Billings 71-50 last Friday night in Havre. Miller hit four 3-pointers in the game and was also a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw-line as the Lights... Full story

  • Hi-Line Volleyball Roundup: Beeters claim 6C East title

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    With three of the best teams in Class C volleyball, and only two spots into the Northern C Divisional available, it was no secret the 2013 District 6C East Tournament was going to be a dogfight. And for two days in Gildford, it was exactly that. The Chinook Sugarbeeters emerged from the fight as 6C East champions, as they beat host North Star in four games in Friday night's 6C East championship match. The Beeters, who were perfect over the course of Thursday-Friday's tournamen... Full story

  • Quick Pics: Havre Art Association puts on a show

    Lindsay Brown|Updated Nov 5, 2013

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  • Moving forward on annexation

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    Havre City Council Monday gave tentative approval to annex areas west of Havre and then gave final approval to resolutions that annexed adjacent to the city. The ordinance and resolutions were split into two items the council had to vote for due to the differences in the way they were being annexed. Council first discussed and unanimously approved the ordinance to annex the stretch of land along U.S. Highway 2 that goes as far west as AmericInn. Council unanimously passed this ordinance, but will need to vote again at the... Full story

  • Tester: Most will benefit from Obamacare

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    Montanans will benefit from the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — commonly called Obamacare — which takes full effect next year. That’s the view of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. However, he added, he is “frustrated” by the problems in rolling out the online insurance exchange, which started the same day as the federal shutdown, Oct. 1, and that he believes the Montana Legislature made a mistake in not setting up a state-run exchange and in not expanding Medicaid coverage. “Folks out there are going... Full story

  • Board OKs higher Beaver Creek Park fees

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    The Hill County Park Board at its monthly meeting Monday in Havre approved raising fees on Beaver Creek Park from 2014 through 2016. The split vote came near the end of a two-hour meeting with lengthy discussion and attempts — some successful — to amend the recommendations of a committee that had worked on setting fees, including a successful amendment to keep local fees for a four-county area rather than just Hill County and an unsuccessful attempt to reduce the fee increases. “The first thing I want to do is thank all of yo... Full story

  • Ronald W. Daniel

    Updated Nov 5, 2013

    Ronald W. Daniel, 81, of Havre, passed away on Nov. 1, 2013, at the Care and Comfort Home of natural causes. A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church with Father Daniel Wathen officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family has requested the memorials be made in Ron's name to the Care and Comfort Home or to... Full story

  • June Stremcha

    Updated Nov 5, 2013

    June Stremcha, 93, of Havre passed away of natural causes on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at her residence. Rosary services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church with Father Daniel Wathen officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. The family has requested that memorials be made in June's name to St. Jude Thaddeus School or... Full story

  • Hinebauch wins Cowboy Open title for the Lights

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    It’s early in the season, and the Montana State University-Northern wrestling team is a little banged up. But that didn’t stop several Lights from performing at a high level in Laramie, Wyo., over the weekend. The No. 2 Lights competed in the Cowboy Open this past Saturday, and for the first tournament of the year, the Lights did quite well. Northern junior Ethan Hinebauch captured the 165-pound Elite Division championship Saturday, reeling off four straight wins at the tough... Full story

  • Our View: The holiday season near - give early and often

    Updated Nov 5, 2013

    The holiday season is approaching, and soon church groups, civic agencies, service clubs and others will be approaching people asking for donations to continue their good work. While government assistance is helpful, much of the help needy people get comes from private groups that provide quality services with a low overhead. Government assistance at every front is being cut back, so there will be more people depending on private groups. Federal aid to all kinds of programs is being cut. Additional money for the food stamp... Full story

  • Skylights pick up two wins in Spokane

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 5, 2013

    With so many tough road games in the month of November, getting off to a good start at home was critical for the Montana State University-Northern women’s basketball team. And the Skylights did just that by winning their first two home games of the new season. But that tough road stretch started this past weekend in Spokane, Wash., and it was going to be interesting to see just how the new-look Skylights would respond. And after two games against Cascade Conference teams, the... Full story