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  • Community Christmas Dinner: New management, same old spirit

    John Kelleher|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    There will be a change of management for the annual Havre Community Christmas Dinner this year. The Bergren family will retire after running the event for a decade. The Bergrens took up the work after Bob Sivertsen ran the show for more than 20 years. For all that time, the meal was served up at the Havre Eagles Club, and Tom Farnham, Eagles manager, said club members couldn't imagine having a Christmas without the dinner, so they took over the operations. "It's such a... Full story

  • Officials: Baucus to be named ambassador to China

    DAVID ESPO DONNA CASSATA AP|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China, Democratic officials said Wednesday, turning to a lawmaker well-versed in trade issues to fill one of the nation's most important diplomatic posts. If confirmed by the Senate, Baucus would replace Ambassador Gary Locke, who announced last month he was stepping down. There was no immediate comment from the White House on the disclosure, which was made by officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were... Full story

  • St. Pierre to be installed at Stone Child

    John Kelleher|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    Nathaniel St. Pierre will be installed as Stone Child College president at 11 a.m. Friday. The ceremonies will take place in Little Bear Gymnasium. There will be music, a formal procession of faculty members into the gym, a guest speaker will deliver an address and there will be formal installation ceremonies. At least four previous presidents have been invited to take part in the ceremonies. After the ceremonies, refreshments will be served. St. Pierre was tapped by college trustees to be president earlier this year. He... Full story

  • Idaho wildlife advocate pleads guilty to poaching

    Updated Dec 18, 2013

    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — An outspoken critic of Idaho's phosphate industry and its deadly impact on some animals has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk. Marv Hoyt, Idaho director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, will leave his job after acknowledging in court that he illegally killed two cow elk during a November hunting trip in Caribou County, the Idaho State Journal ( reported Tuesday. Hoyt has criticized mining and the resulting selenium pollution that has killed dozens of sheep and cattle that g... Full story

  • Montana rancher finds missing horse sculptures

    Updated Dec 18, 2013

    BOZEMAN AP) — Three life-sized horse sculptures rustled from a herd of 39 displayed on a hillside in southwestern Montana have turned up on a nearby ranch with only minor damage. Broadwater County Deputy Brandon Harris tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle ( ) a rancher checking on his cattle south of Townsend late Tuesday afternoon spotted some tracks in the snow in an area that is not normally traveled. He followed the tracks and spotted the steel sculptures of two horses and a colt. Harris says the r... Full story

  • Schweitzer says he can connect with Iowa voters

    CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Democratic Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer isn't saying if he'll run for president in 2016. But if he does, he thinks he can connect with voters in Iowa. Schweitzer, who served as governor from 2005 through early 2013, was set to visit the early voting state of Iowa on Wednesday to speak to a liberal advocacy group. While the popular, outspoken ex-governor has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, he told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he hasn't made any decisions abo... Full story

  • Quick Pic: Christmas makes them smile

    Lindsay Brown|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    Highland Park Early Primary students sing "Christmas makes me smile" during Wednesday morning's Christmas Program for Mrs. Sather and Mrs. Bakke's classes.... Full story

  • Volunteers sought for community crisis line

    Tim Leeds|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    With a proposal in place to expand a domestic abuse crisis line to a community-wide general crisis hotline, the volunteer coordinator for District 4 Human Resources Development Council is looking for more people to staff the line. In a meeting held before the Hill County Health Consortium meeting to discuss implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan, the Hill County Local Mental Health Advisory Council agreed that the HRDC domestic violence crisis line should be expanded to act as a hotline for any crisis, be it... Full story

  • Consortium zeroes in on health issues

    Tim Leeds|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    A plan to address three top priorities in improving health in Hill County took another step forward Tuesday. A consultant says he expects plans of action to be set by February and those actions to follow shortly. "The actual work of implementation I expect will start in March or April, somewhere in that time frame," Rod Kopp of Strategic Vision Consulting told the Hill County Health Consortium Tuesday. After conducting an assessment of health problems in the county, a group... Full story

  • Robert D. Holman

    Updated Dec 18, 2013

    Robert D. Holman, 85, a retired rancher, passed away in his family home on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, due to natural causes. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, with burial following in Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Vigil services held Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the church. Memorials may be sent to Chinook Senior Center. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. Robert was born in Dodson,... Full story

  • For the Record, December 18, 2013

    Updated Dec 18, 2013

    Havre Police Department Officers responded to a 2:58 p.m. Tuesday call from the Northern Montana Hospital about a man that needed removing. ——— A two-vehicle, noninjury crash was investigated after officers received a 3:31 p.m. Tuesday call from 5th Avenue and 1st Street. ——— Officers investigated a 4:51 p.m. Tuesday call from 2nd Street about a vehicle that rolled into the calling party’s daughter-in-law’s vehicle in the driveway. ——— Eric Michael Golden, 24, of Havre, was arrested on a charge of an outstanding Justice o... Full story

  • Havre's a great community, Hendrickson family says

    Hendrickson family|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    To say we are blessed to be part of the community of Havre is an understatement. Since Dylan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2012, we have experienced a variety of gifts — prayer, encouraging words and financial support. The most recent fundraisers, spearheaded by John Ita and the Havre High Key Club, brought together many churches and the Eagle’s Biker Club. Triangle Telephone/Hill County Electric personnel have lent ongoing support, as has the Havre Middle School Helpers under Jean Murphy and the many... Full story

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Dec 18, 2013

    Thursday High School Basketball Turner boys vs Havre frosh Turner girls vs Havre frosh Harlem girls vs Rocky Boy Harlem boys vs Rocky Boy North Star girls at Big Sandy, 6 p.m. North Star boys at Big Sandy, 7:30 C/J-I girls at Simms, 6 p.m. C/J-I boys at Simms, 7:30 College Basketball Skylights vs New Hope, 8 p.m. Friday High School Basketball Havre girls vs Livingston, 5 p.m. Havre boys vs Livingston, 6:30 Rocky Boy girls vs Cut Bank Rocky Boy boys vs Cut bank Chinook girls vs Box Elder, 6 p.m. Chinook boys vs Box Elder,... Full story

  • Healthy Bison get their revenge

    Daniel Horton|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    A dominating start to the season had the Havre High wrestling team rolling through the schedule in the first two weeks of action. But the Class AA Great Falls High Bison gave the Blue Ponies their first road block of the year. With the Central A Ponies and Bison crossing paths multiple times already this season, both programs are very familiar with the other. And with every meeting, and with every match, it has almost been a tossup for who is going to come out on top.... Full story

  • Ice Hawks pick up a pair of road victories

    Daniel Horton|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    The Havre Ice Hawks opened the season with one win two weeks ago, then dropped four straight. But Havre was back on the ice again on last Saturday, and returned to the win column. Last Saturday, the Ice Hawks were in Glasgow where they took on the Ice Dawgs two more times. The Ice Hawks defeated Glasgow 4-2 in the first meeting, and 1-0 in the second as the Ice Hawks improved to 3-5-0 on the season. Havre got out to a great start in the first game, scoring two quick goals in... Full story

  • Local Bowling Report: Mariani rolls a 300

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Dec 18, 2013

    For the second time in the last three weeks, the Monday Night Straightaway League has yielded a 300-game, this time it was the scene of a 804 series, both belonging to Havre's Shawn Mariani. It was his seventh 300-game but his first 800 series, which has been avoiding him for quite some time as he has had several 790-plus series. Mariani's night comes on the heels of a 300-game for Dave Wolf three weeks ago. It is the third 300 this season and the second 800. Congratulations Shawn. Sunday afternoon was the scene of... Full story