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  • Van Orsdel United Methodist Church Drive Thru Live Nativity set for December 5

    Grant Evans|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    The Live Nativity held for decades at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church will be held under different circumstances this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a drive-through format, where attendees will view the scene from their cars. The Nativity will run Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., a release from Van Orsdel United Methodist Church said. The Live Nativity will be set up in the back of the church by the storage shed, facing the alley. People viewing the Nativity will drive their cars in from the north side of the...

  • Fatal crash outside Kremlin kills one, injures another

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    A two-vehicle crash outside of Kremlin Saturday evening involving a pair of pick-up trucks resulted in the death of one driver and the other going to the hospital. The name of the deceased has yet to be released pending notification of relatives. Highway Patrol’s incident report says the collision took place near mile marker 368 on Highway 2 and the two drivers were the only people involved. A 2009 GMC Sierra driven by the deceased, a 20-year-old man from Kremlin, was traveling westbound on Highway 2 when they crossed the c...

  • Quick pics: Decorations show the season

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

  • Gary & Leo's turkey dinners sold quickly amid pandemic

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Gary & Leo’s sold individualized turkey dinners this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and they were successful enough that it may sell them again next year even after the pandemic is gone. Store Manager Tracy Job said the individual meals, which were only available Thanksgiving day and the day before, were sold out by 11 a.m. on the holiday. Job said the deli was able to make about 120 of them and they went fast. In an interview last Tuesday Job said the idea to offer turkey dinners came about in the wake of the y...

  • Officials urge care as holiday might give appearance of lower COVID numbers

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Health care and public officials are warning people that numbers may seem down for confirmed COVID-19 cases but that may be an impact of the holiday and they may come back even higher as testing catches up. The state COVID-19 response tracking map update this morning listed 369 new cases in the state, bringing the total to 62,198 confirmed cases, but officials say that number could climb as testing delayed by the Thanksgiving holiday catches up. The total today is 2,402 more than the update from Friday, which reported 148...

  • Quick pics: A late November sunrise

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's update was 62,198 with 369 new cases, 16,031 active.

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

    The number of active hospitalizations was 471. The number of deaths was 681. Blaine County reported Sunday evening no new cases, 517 total, 29 active, 3 active hospitalizations, 19 deaths Hill County reported Sunday evening 7 new cases, 1,329 total, 241 active, 7 active hospitalizations, 31 deaths Rocky Boy — also reported on either Chouteau or Hill County numbers — current data not available Fort Belknap — also reported on either Blaine or Phillips County numbers — current data not available Liberty County, reported on the... Full story

  • Obituary - Thomas M. Stiffarm

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Thomas M. Stiffarm, Ee Dahn Inin “Buffalo Man,” 64, passed away due to natural causes at Northern Montana Care Center Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Private family services have been held.... Full story

  • Obituary - Charles Richard "Dick" Murrell

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Charles Richard “Dick” Murrell passed away on November 27, 2020 in Great Falls, Montana at the age of 78 after fighting a courageous battle with dementia. Memorials may be made in memory of Dick Murrell to Peace Hospice of Great Falls. A private family graveside service will be held in Havre.... Full story

  • Obituary - Pearl Mae "Marie" Birdtail

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Pearl Mae “Marie” Birdtail, 88, passed away due to natural causes at Benefis Medical Center in Great Falls Thursday, November 26, 2020. Marie passed away surrounded by her children and left this world in the arms of her beloved granddaughter Crystal M. Bear. Crystal held her in her arms till her passing at 10:52 p.m. Private wake and funeral services have taken place due to the pandemic.... Full story

  • For the Record, Nov. 30, 2020

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Havre Police Department An arrest was made related to a sex offense reported Friday at 8:05 a.m. by Child and Family Services. No details were provided on the charges. -- Officers investigated a 911 call from 15th Street West at 3:13 p.m. Friday. -- Lance Jordan Courchane of Box Elder, 29, was arrested on charges of trespass to property, obstructing a peace officer or other public servant, resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, assault with bodily...

  • Looking out my Backdoor: In my garden of earthly delights

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    Editor’s note: Due to an editorial error, this column did not run before Thanksgiving. My world is circumscribed by the boundaries of the gringo part of the rancho. I walk the lanes. This morning when I arrived at my turn-around spot out by the entrance to the highway, I stopped to marvel. I saw, heading toward Ahualulco, a man on a three-wheel motorcycle, a custom job, wearing a modified helmet to resemble something from WWI, you know, Snoopy and the Red Baron. The bike i...

  • Waiting: Lights' season-openers against YCC canceled

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    It was supposed to be an exciting beginning for the Montana State University-Northern Lights. Instead, COVID-19 ended the weekend before it even began. Such is sports during a global pandemic. The Lights, of longtime head coach Shawn Huse, were set to open their season last Friday and Saturday against Yellowstone Christian College in the Armory Gymnasium. However, a coronavirus issue within the YCC program forced the cancellation of both games. Of course, the virus, which is...

  • The Start: Skylights split opening games in Helena

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 30, 2020

    It took a lot just to get to the first game of the season. But, finally, the Montana State University-Northern women's basketball team is off and running. Northern opened the 2020-21 season at the Carroll College Thanksgiving Classic this past Friday with a close loss to now former Frontier Conference rival Lewis-Clark State. But, less than 24 hours later, the Skylights put on an offensive display when they blasted Valley City State 84-49. The victory over the Vikings was the...

  • Field Soosloff named Frontier All-Conference for MSU-N men's XC team

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 29, 2020

    It’s been an exciting month for the Montana State University-Northern men’s cross country team. And the hits keep on coming. Last week, Northern junior Field Soosloff was named Frontier Men’s All-Conference for the 2020-21 season. The top 10 runners at the Frontier Conference Championships received all-conference. Soosloff recently placed third at the Frontier Championships, which were held at Prairie Farms Golf Course earlier this month. The third-year runner will likel...