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  • Blue Ponies prepared to butt heads with Billings Central

    Kason Clark|Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Despite having a young team coming into the season, the Havre High boys basketball team has been able to grind it out on the road for two wins to start the year. The Blue Ponies will have another test this weekend when they host defending state champion Billings Central this Saturday afternoon at Blue Pony Gymnasium. While the Rams have lost some players from last year, HHS head coach Walynn Burgess expects a tough outing this weekend. "I know they got some new faces and we go...

  • HHS principal resigns after costume controversy

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Havre High School Principal Ed Norman has resigned in the wake of a controversy over the school's handling of an incident in October where a student entered the school in Halloween costume that featured black body makeup and was not sent home or confronted about it until well into the school day, according to some reports, and after numerous complaints from students and their parents. Norman sent a statement to the Havre Daily News this morning saying he submitted his letter...

  • Commission appoints county attorney in secret vote

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Dec 10, 2021

    The Hill County Commission has announced that it will be swearing in a new county attorney Monday morning, an appointee that they are refusing to release the name of, and appointed in a secret vote that was not publicized, which is in violation of Montana state law. Hill County Commission Chair Diane McLean said they do not release the names of people they hire until the process is complete, which would, in this case, be when they’re sworn in. “We don’t advertise ‘Oh by the way, we have that person starting for that positio...

  • St. Mary's church looking to hit $10,000 for match

    Tim Leeds|Updated Dec 10, 2021

    The effort to raise the remaining funds to rebuild the Catholic church at Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation has a shot at a major boost, and the parish is asking people to help meet the goal. Lori Osgood, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the director of religious education there, said two anonymous donors each have pledged to match $10,000 in donations if that can be reached by Tuesday of next week - both Giving Tuesday and the two-year anniversary of the fire that...

  • Tester talks mandates, bills and climate change in press call

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a press call Thursday where he talked about his vote to repeal the vaccine mandate on large employers, his bill to suspend imports of Brazilian beef, and other goings-on in Washington D.C. Tester was one of only two Democrats in the Senate, the other being Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to join all Republicans in voting to repeal the OSHA rule that would have required private businesses with 100 or more employees to get vaccinated or submit to...

  • Anonymous donor presents $200,000 to Northern

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Press release ’Tis the season for giving and Montana State University-Northern is the happy recipient of a new $200,000 gift, representatives of the university said in a press release. This week, Northern is celebrating the donation, which will be used to create a new endowment for the university. The people who made the contribution to the university have asked that the endowment fund student scholarships, specifically for students enrolled in programs that are part of the College of Technical Science. The donors, who wish t...

  • State and local COVID-19 update, Dec. 10, 2021

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    The Montana state COVID tracking map after this morning’s update listed 202 new cases, 2,827 active cases, 174 hospitalizations and 2.821 deaths. The cumulative total for the state was 193,718 cases. Hill County Health Department said in its update Thursday that 4 new cases were reported and 1 met the criteria to be considered recovered with 13 active cases in the county and 3,515 total cases. No active hospitalizations. The county has had 71 deaths. Blaine County Health Department said in its update Thursday that it was n... Full story

  • Credit unions raise $25,000+ for Shodair Children's Hospital

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Press release HELENA — Montana’s Credit Unions announced the successful relaunch of their Credit Unions for Kids — CU4Kids — efforts benefiting Shodair Children’s Hospital, Montana’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Credit unions from around the state took part in MCU’s inaugural Cats vs. Griz Icon Fundraiser leading up to the rivalry game Nov. 19, securing over $25,000 to assist with the advancement of care at Shodair. Employees at Shodair Children’s Hospital and 28 Montana credit unions participated in s...

  • Our View - County commission again ignores state law

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    The Hill County Commission apparently has appointed a new Hill County attorney. It also apparently, and ironically, broke state law in its appointment of the highest legal officer in the county. The commission’s weekly calendar for next week reports the oath of office will be administered Monday to the new county attorney, who will take the place of Karen Alley, who resigned to take a position out of the area. Appointing a county attorney to fill the term is not the problem, in fact, it is the duty of the county commission t...

  • View from from the North 40: Making a silk purse out of a camel's snout

    Pam Burke|Updated Dec 10, 2021

    In the most scandalous scandal to hit the beauty pageant world since Mary Leona Gage lied about her age and her marital and parental status then won Miss USA 1957 — proving that a married 18-year-old mother of two could beat the sashes off the 20-something-year-old single women — more than 40 beauty contestants at a festival in Saudi Arabia have been banned from competition for breaking rules that prohibit cosmetic alterations that unnaturally enhance the beauty of the con...

  • Obituary - Lois Schaller

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Lois Schaller, 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes August 28, 2021, while staying at her daughter’s home in Woodinville, Washington. She was born to James and Marion “Babe” Cowan in Havre, Montana, July 12, 1930. It was here where she met and married Rodger Schaller and had three children. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, Marie Gibson and James E. Cowan and grandson Ryan Schaller. She is survived by her children, Daniel Schaller, Leslie Soderling and Michael Schaller; grand...

  • Obituary - Frank Pehrson

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Frank Pehrson passed away December 5, 2021 at Northern Montana Care Center in Havre, MT, at the age of 101. Frank was born in Wenatchee, WA, October 11, 1920. His parents were John and Tina D. Pehrson. He was raised in Alamo, ND. The family relocated to Fort Peck, MT, in 1936 and built and operated the Wheeler Hotel. He went to work at Barracks Maintenance at age 16. By age 18, he went to work for Truman Bowen Construction, first as a truck driver and later as an oiler on a... Full story

  • Obituary - William R. 'Butch' Welter

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    William R. “Butch” Welter, 64, passed away due to natural causes at his residence Sunday, December 5, 2021. Cremation has taken place, and a private family memorial service has been held; however, a celebration of his life will be at 3:00 p.m. today, Friday, December 10, 2021, at the Havre Eagles Club. His family has suggested memorial donations be made in Butch’s memory to the Friends of Beaver Creek Park for Camp 39 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Holland & Bonine... Full story

  • Agenda - Rural Fire District 1

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Rural Fire District 1 Board is meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. in Hill County Courthouse’s Timmons Room. The meeting agenda is: Discussion/adoption of the minutes of the Oct. 12 meeting. Vehicle disposition Contract payment to city Administrative tools Email account State of Montana Department of Administration portal registration Department of Labor building designation information website Mutual Aid Agreements Bear Paw Rural Fire Department Wild Horse Rural Fire Department...

  • Agenda - Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Havre Middle School. The agenda for the meeting is: A. Call to order 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Roll call 3. Welcome to visitors 4. Presentation and display 5. Agenda deletions or corrections, and additions allowed by policy, if any B. Unanimous consent agenda C. Old business 1. Consideration of revised and new policies on second and final reading: 2170 and 2170P, Digital Academy Classes; 2332, Religion and Religious Activities; 2600 and 2600P...

  • Agenda - Clack Museum board meeting canceled

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board announced it has canceled its December meeting. No reason for the cancellation was given in the announcement. The next meeting of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board will be Monday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at Havre Inn and Suites....

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly agenda

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Monday 8:30 a.m. — Oath of office for Hill County attorney Tuesday 10:30 a.m. — Road department meeting in commissioners’ office 10:30 a.m. — Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting at the Hill County Detention Center 1 p.m. — Infrastructure Advisory Commission meeting – Zoom call in commissioners’ office 1:30 p.m. — 911 Meeting at City Hall Wednesday 10 a.m. — Work Safe Champions in the Timmons Room Thursday 10 a.m. — Weekly business meeting in the commissioners’ office 11:30 a.m. — Bear Paw Development Corp. Board...

  • For the Record, Dec. 10, 2021

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Havre Police Department Officers were called at 10:21 a.m. Thursday to investigate a non-injury crash between two pickup trucks on First Street. -- Officers were called Thursday at 10:47 a.m. to investigated a non-injury vehicle crash on 13th Street. -- A domestic disturbance was reported on 10th Street West Thursday at 5:12 p.m. -- A caller at Kober Drive and Boulevarde Avenue reported Thursday at 5:21 p.m. that she had just struck a transmission that was sitting in the...

  • Pastor's Corner: His eye Is on the sparrow

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Have you ever had a pet who you loved and who loved you almost more than your hearts could bear? I grew up with cats, and my Old Dan's fur absorbed so many tears from my teenage angst. That tabby knew when I needed extra snuggles ... and he knew when it was best to leave me alone in my anger. Sometimes - many times - pets know us and love us in a way that our human friends and family don't or can't. Which is what made GHAMA's December meeting so meaningful. A few community...

  • Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    You know, Lord, it's been quite some years ago, but turning the calendar page was a reminder of that special time we traveled with a tour group to Sydney, Australia - it was winter up north where we started but they were coming into summer down south. Crossing the International Date Line is unique: skipping a day and going down and having two Thursdays coming back. Temperatures there were around 80 degrees, flowers blooming and the beach teaming with folks in all sorts of...

  • After epic girls state title game, Ponies and Rams clash again

    Kason Clark|Updated Dec 10, 2021

    The season so far for the Havre High girls basketball has not been easy, but the Blue Ponies have been able to persevere. In their season opener, the Ponies gutted out a 50-47 win over Laurel and then held on for a 43-40 victory on the road at Malta this past Tuesday. And things will not get any easier for the Ponies as they head on the road to play Billings Central Saturday. "It's going to be a great game," HHS head coach Dustin Kraske said. "We haven't been down there for a...

  • Sports Record

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    NAIA Wrestling Poll 1 Grand View (Iowa) 209 2 Life University 191 3 Indiana Tech 110 4 Doane University 103 5 Reinhardt University (GA) 94 6 Southeastern 88 7 Cumberland (Tenn.) 75 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 73 9 Ottawa University 67 9 Baker (Kan.) 67 11 Campbellsville (Ky.) 62 12 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 60 13 Marian University (IN) 58 14 Lourdes University 56 14 Hastings (Neb.) 56 16 Eastern Oregon University (OR) 53 17 Thomas More 51 17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 51 19 Oklahoma City 47 20...

  • Lights, Skylights face Blue Hawks for a second time

    George Ferguson|Updated Dec 10, 2021

    After one of their toughest conference-openers in recent years, the Montana State University-Northern Lights and Skylights will return to non-conference play for the rest of December. That however, doesn't mean things will get any easier. Northern starts the rest of its non-league slate this Sunday with rematches against Dickinson State in Dickinson, North Dakota. The Lights and Skylights opened the season with wins over DSU back in October. The Skylights beat the Blue Hawks 7...

  • Havre High names students of the month

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Tehya Vauthier is one of Havre High School's students of the month for November 2021. Tehya's parents are John and Shannon Vauthier and the family's other children are Gabe, Jocelyn, Mari and Madison. Tehya is a senior who is active in theater, choir and Hi-Liters and works at the Montana State University-Northern theater, acting and working with technology. Tehya's interests include painting, poetry and choir. Lindsey Ratliff, who nominated Tehya, said "Tehya is a very reliab...

  • Senior Center News, Dec. 10, 2021

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    North Central Senior Citizens Center Dec. 13-17 Menu Monday — Creamy Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli, pudding Tuesday — Salad, spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread, cake Wednesday — Braised beef, mashed potatoes, salad, gingerbread cookie bar Thursday — Polish sausage, sauerkraut, crunchy-onion-potato-bake, fruit salad Friday — Soup, chef’s choice, dessert Keeping Up with the Pandemic: As of Dec. 9 there were 4 new COVID-19 cases, 1 case recovered reported for Hill County. No cases were listed as c...

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