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Letter to the editor - Festival Days Parade canceled, activities still planned

Festival Days is a time-honored tradition since 1980. The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce was excited to celebrate our 40th parade through beautiful Havre. However, we are sad to announce that the 2020 Havre Festival Days Parade... — Updated 8/28/2020


Letter to the Editor - United Way crab boil canceled, help still needed

Did you know that in one year, donations to United Way of Hill County touched more than 45,300 lives in our community? Thank you for your support and kindness, as we continue to live united together. United Way supports non-profit... — Updated 8/28/2020


Library book sale canceled but services still available

As September and cooler weather (hopefully) near, we at the Havre-Hill County Library would usually be preparing for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This year the Friends have made the difficult decision to cancel the book sa... — Updated 8/28/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor - Monsters in the night

I crawled into bed early, barely darkish. Wasn’t feeling great. My stomach/intestines were slightly crampy, nothing dire, just not my usual cast-iron gut. Went to sleep with... — Updated 8/27/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Reading to Lori

I’ve been reading to Lori. Lori is my husband, Peter’s, older sister. She has cancer and has been battling it for a while now. She uses oxygen to help out and catching this viru... — Updated 8/26/2020


Wishing all students and faculty a healthy 2020-21 school year

During this trying, stressful, yet exciting time of year, we must pause to take a moment and appreciate what we have and what has been done in our community to help us all succeed and stay healthy. Back in March, none of us... — Updated 8/25/2020


Why don't we just be nice to each other?

These are interesting times, to say the least, but I don’t need to tell you that. What I don’t understand about these interesting times is the reason people are attacking one another in their posts and comments online, in... — Updated 8/24/2020


Letter to the Editor - Walmart should enforce mask requirement

Dear editor:     During the first 20 minutes of our shopping at Havre’s Walmart on Aug. 16, I noticed six adults and two children (about eight years old) not wearing face masks.  I asked an assistant manager what could be... — Updated 8/24/2020


From the Chancellor's Office

Dear Northern fans, For years, I have envisioned Game Day on Northern’s campus: All of us together, enjoying the crisp fall weather and cheering for the Northern Lights. I have been watching our new football field’s progress... — Updated 8/24/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

Some things don't need too much innovation

I’ve never been there, but I always imagine Tokyo to be a classy city, but I have to say that the city planners have come up with possibly the worst idea in modern history:... — Updated 8/21/2020


How to stop a pandemic in three short weeks

Editor’s note: The wrong version of this editorial ran in Wednesday’s edition of The Havre Daily News due to an error at the newspaper. There has been a new proposal for testing to control the COVID-19 pandemic recently... — Updated 8/21/2020


Letter to the Editor - Support Badger-Two Medicine act

Editor, I’ve never been to the Badger-Two Medicine, but I’ve been hearing a lot about it and I support protecting. Why do I support protecting it despite never having stepped foot there? I am a Montana native who was raised in... — Updated 8/20/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: A rendezvous with death

I woke in the night reciting lines from WWI poet Alan Seeger’s, “I Have a Rendezvous with Death.” Where did that come from? “At some disputed barricade, When spring comes... — Updated 8/20/2020


Letter to the Editor - We should expect more from our elected officials

Editor, Politicians are only as good as the words they speak. Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson should take that to heart. Thursday, Peterson and fellow Commissioner Diane McLean voted to reject an all-mail ballot despite the... — Updated 8/19/2020


Letter to the Editor - McLean, Peterson should fix mistake and then resign

Dear Editor, I read with interest then dismay about Hill County commissioners voting against a mail-in ballot election. I was stunned that they would decide to risk the lives of the Hill County residents during this worldwide... — Updated 8/19/2020


Letter to the Editor - Voters still have options

Editor, I am one of the election judges who made the hard decision to not work at the polls this year. I am in a vulnerable age group. It was a difficult decision to make, as I have been an election judge for many many years. It... — Updated 8/19/2020


Letter to the Editor - Relief bill needs to include SNAP and EBT

Editor, As the coronavirus rages on across our state, it has caused yet another crisis — child hunger. Thousands of families with kids right here in Montana are now dealing with unemployment, rising food prices, eviction and... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: More dog stories

It seems I have acquired a reputation. I have been handing out dog treats for three months. Every day, I take the same trail and every day, I meet many of the same customers. Dogs... — Updated 8/19/2020


Letter to the Editor - Asking to wear a mask is reasonable

Editor, In one of the many informational TV programs about COVID-19 a doctor explained why masks work. (Sorry, I didn’t catch his name) He stated that even though the virus is microscopic, it is surrounded by droplets of... — Updated 8/18/2020


Letter to the Editor - Sad to see one-sided editorial on mail ballots

To the Editor, Your Aug. 14 editorial says “All of the arguments against mail ballots have been debunked.” By whom? You? It is naïve to think the only human endeavor in which people won’t lie, commit fraud, or make mistakes... — Updated 8/18/2020


Letter to the Editor - Polling places raise concerns

Editor, I have some concerns if Hill County is forced to have polling places open for in person voting. I am sure that this responsibility of the clerk and recorder to solve these problems. I talked to a friend who has been a... — Updated 8/18/2020


Letter to the Editor - Wake up and end pandemic

I too say “Shame on McLean and Peterson” for endangering peoples lives by banning a mail ballot vote. Come on people do you realize how deadly COVID-19 virus is? Then again those that vote to hold fairs in the counties across... — Updated 8/18/2020


Letter to the Editor - Ask for an absentee ballot

Dear Editor: The Hill County Commissioners have voted down mail-in ballots for the General Election because they feel it is right I guess or maybe some other fraud idea. Twenty-four people told Commissioner Peterson they wanted to... — Updated 8/18/2020


Letter to the Editor - The Bible tells us so

Editor, Anyone who denies the government’s, any government’s, right, let alone obligation, to impose rules and regulations to safeguard its citizenry, is ignoring the timeless basis upon which all civilizations were founded.... — Updated 8/18/2020


Letter to the Editor - Safety should come before political beliefs

Editor, I have been an Election Judge in Hill County for over 20 years, so I feel as qualified as anybody to speak to the election process. Having worked with both Clerk and Recorders Diane Mellem and Sue Armstrong, I have... — Updated 8/18/2020


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