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 By Patrick Johnston    Local 

Slower COVID-19 spread in county still too high

Hill County Public Health Director and Health Officer Kim Larson said the county has seen improvement in its rate of new COVID-19 cases, but it is still far above the Hill County... — Updated 11/23/2020


COVID-19 changes the work of Havre school nurse

Havre Public Schools Nurse Jeri Erickson has seen a big change in her job duties since the beginning of the school year. Instead of fixing cuts, looking at bumps and bruises and... — Updated 11/23/2020


Proposed Intersection Improvements at the US 2 and 19th Avenue West

Press release Havre, Montana (November 20, 2020) — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on the proposed intersection improvements at US 2 and 19th Avenue West.... — Updated 11/23/2020


Chouteau County reported another COVID-19-related death over the weekend and Hill County reported a death Friday.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today’s update was 56,381 with 677 new cases, 16,317 active. The number of active hospitalizations was 467. The number of deaths was 614. Blaine County,... — Updated 11/23/2020


Pedersen, McCloy join the MSU-Northern Foundation

Press release The MSU-Northern Foundation announced it has hired two new people to join its staff at the office on the Northern campus. Toni Pedersen starts today in the role of director of finance and Darla McCloy started one week... — Updated 11/23/2020


Virtual Town Hall for Veterans on Monday, November 23

Press release Montana VA Health Care System — MTVAHCS — invites Veterans to a virtual town hall today from 5-6 p.m. The event will also be recorded for any veteran who is unable to attend the live town hall.   “During the... — Updated 11/23/2020


Harada: Going into holidays with surge still climbing

Northern Montana Health Care Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Kevin Harada said the COVID-19 situation in Hill County and Montana is poised to get worse after the holidays but the damage... — Updated 11/20/2020


Quick pics: Frosty morning fog

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 By Grant Evans    Local

BLM again proposes withdrawing Little Rocky land from mining

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing continuing a withdrawal of federal land in the Little Rocky Mountains from mining, in an area still recovering from pollution caused by earlier mining. In 1997, Pegasus Mining... — Updated 11/20/2020

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Hill County Commission discusses employee longevity policy change in meeting

The Hill County Commission is considering a change on policies governing when employees switch departments in the county. The proposal would allow employees to maintain their longevity and yearly raises along with it when they... — Updated 11/20/2020


The total number of cases in Montana on the state map after Thursday's update

The total number of cases in Montana on the state map after Thursday’s update — today’s was not available by printing deadline — was 51,818 with 1,236 new cases. The number of hospitalizations was 2,221with 482 active... — Updated 11/20/2020


Montana's unemployment rate decreases to 4.9 percent in October

Press release Gov. Steve Bullock announced today that Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 4.9 percent in October, down from 5.4% in September, due to strong job growth over the month. “As Montana’s economy continues to... — Updated 11/20/2020


Corrections announces third COVID-19-related inmate death

Press release The Montana Department of Corrections announced today that an inmate died this week due to COVID-19-related illness. The 62-year-old Montana State Prison inmate died at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Nov. 18. To... — Updated 11/20/2020

 By Tim Leeds    Local

Daines urges Montanans to get COVID vaccination when available

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Wednesday that he was one of the people who participated in a trial of the vaccine pharmaceutical company Pfizer says appears to be 95 percent... — Updated 11/19/2020

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

An infection preventionist deals with COVID-19

Northern Montana Health Care Director of Infection Prevention Alysia Mosness said the COVID-19 pandemic has been an extremely stressful time for nearly everyone in the health care... — Updated 11/19/2020

 By Grant Evans    Local

Northern's nursing program excels on a national level

The nursing program at Montana State University-Northern is attracting some major attention. Northern's nursing pass rate for 2020 is 90.91 percent. The rate is above the national... — Updated 11/19/2020


Today's statewide data on COVID-19 numbers was not available by printing deadline this morning.

People can view the data on the state tracking map, normally updated between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day, online through links at https://montana.maps.arcgis.com and at https://covid19.mt.gov . Local cases by county: Blaine... — Updated 11/19/2020

 By Pam Burke    Local

Bear Paw Winter Sports about to open

Anyone who wants to hit the slopes this winter, but is lacking the gear to do it, can rent seasonal equipment from Bear Paw Winter Sports in Havre. Operated by volunteers from Bear... — Updated 11/19/2020

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Bullock announces new state-wide restrictions and aid

Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday new restrictions will take effect Friday in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout Montana, which he said has created a dire... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Fair Board requiring health department approval on all events

The Great Northern Fair Board Tuesday approved requiring any group having an event on the fairgrounds have plans approved by the Hill County Health Department before their event is approved by the fair board. Board Vice-Chair... — Updated 11/18/2020


Quick pics: Standing in the square

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Quick pics: Flying proudly in the breeze

 — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Tim Leeds    Local

HRDC offering help on power bills with Energy Share

With colder weather already hitting and more expected in the coming months, officials are telling people about programs that could help them with their power bills. Particularly in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and layoffs,... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Tim Leeds    Local

Box Elder man pleads not guilty to murder charge

Reuben Charles Blackwolf of Box Elder, 44, has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Billings to charges of second-degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. A jury trial before Judge Susan Watters is set for... — Updated 11/18/2020


Hill County Tuesday night reported another COVID-19-related death.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after this morning’s update was 50,582 with 1,232 new cases. The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 2,202 with 463... — Updated 11/18/2020


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