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Supporting MSU-Northern

In a few short years, Montana State University-Northern will be celebrating the 100th year of its founding. Over the course of the near-century it has been in existence, thousands upon thousands of Montana’s sons and... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By Tim Leeds    Opinion

A truly American moment?

Americans have a history of coming together — even if only briefly — during times of crisis. World War I, World War II, the terrorist attacks on Sept, 11, 2001, those times brought Americans together to oppose a common enemy.... — Updated 2/25/2022


Daines, Rosendale, Gianforte need to join Racicot

Though a lifelong Democrat, lately I’ve been spending time working actively with Republican friends I have known and respected for decades. My friend Mick Ringsak and I have been conducting joint interviews and meetings advancing... — Updated 2/18/2022


Our View: Why won't the county commission fund the health department?

It seems sort of simple. Hill County received money from the federal government to help cover expenses of dealing with a worldwide pandemic and national emergency. The Hill County Health Department has incurred major extra... — Updated 2/18/2022


Our View - County commission again ignores state law

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... — Updated 12/10/2021


Our View - Personal responsibility can stop COVID-19

With numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths continuing to go up in this region and across Montana and the nation, people need to follow Gov. Greg Gianforte’s request and use personal responsibility to deal with this pandemic. And... — Updated 10/11/2021


Our View - Condolences and thanks on Amtrak derailment

Havre Daily News offers its deepest condolences to the families of the people who died and to the people injured in the derailment Saturday near Joplin. And we offer our deepest thanks to the people who responded to help. The... — Updated 9/27/2021


Our View - America united

Twenty years ago Saturday, the world changed. People in the United States and around the world watched in shock and horror as terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the... — Updated 9/13/2021


Our View  - Situation in RFD1 is mind-boggling

The situation in Rural Fire District 1 is mind-boggling. It seems fairly simple. Havre Fire Department has had an agreement to put out fires in the district, a ring that runs around the outside edge of Havre. Havre’s government... — Updated 9/3/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Staring at a blank piece of paper

Here I am again, sitting at my computer, staring at a blank page of paper that’s not real paper, waiting for inspiration to write, to share with you, the latest happenings in my... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript - Bad gardener

I have never been a gardener. This makes me feel like a misfit in my family. My mother is a wonderful gardener. She had an enormous vegetable garden in the suburbs before it became... — Updated 8/4/2021


In for the long view - long-term

Management of natural resources needs to be a long-view and long-term proposition. This is not to say that some short-term issues cannot be addressed with temporary short-term action. In managing uses, economic opportunity and... — Updated 4/29/2021


Our View - County totally mishandled the mask mandate

Watching the county commission handle whether Hill County should have a mask mandate has been like watching The Keystone Cops. Except it isn’t funny. The chair of the Hill County Board of Health, Hill County Commissioner Mark Pet... — Updated 3/23/2021


Letter to the Editor - HB 505 - Ranching for wildlife

Rep.Wylie Galt, R Martinsdale, has introduced HB 505, a goldmine for landowners and outfitters, which intends to take licensing of non-residents out of the hands of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This bill would establish landowner lice... — Updated 2/22/2021


Our View: People still need to treat COVID like a deadly disease

Despite daily confirmed case numbers of COVID-19 generally dropping in the area and in the state, government mandates being rescinded or expiring and vaccine rolling out, Havre Daily News hopes people still take the disease... — Updated 1/22/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thanks, Havre for the Memorial Park Christmas lights

Editor, I have enjoyed for the past several years the spectacular Christmas lights in Memorial Park on Fifth Avenue, but this year the lighting display seems brighter and more inspiring than ever. This may well be the most... — Updated 12/4/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: In my garden of earthly delights

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... — Updated 11/30/2020


COVID bringing 'No Vacancy' signs to health care

Imagine pulling up to your local hospital and finding a “no vacancy” sign. You have COVID and need hospitalization, but no beds are available. Or you are barely able to walk due to intense chronic pain, only to find your hip... — Updated 11/13/2020

 By Tim Leeds    Opinion

What is wrong with people?

What is wrong with people? In one day this weekend, the state saw almost as many cases of COVID-19 confirmed as it saw in the first three months of its delclared medical emergency. Montana had its first cases of COVID-19 confirmed... — Updated 10/5/2020


Our View: Shame on McLean and Peterson for endangering people's lives

Editor’s note: This version has been edited to reflect that people can make online requests for absentee ballots. Shame, shame on Hill County Commissioners Diane McLean and Mark Peterson. With a stroke of the pen, they have put... — Updated 8/17/2020


Our View - The facts on People's Rights

The Havre Daily News has received complaints, via Facebook, by telephone and now in an opinion column and a letter, printed on this page, about its coverage of people attending meetings in Havre held by People’s Rights Montana... — Updated 8/10/2020


Our View: Just the facts, people. Just the facts

Many claims and comments have been made about novel coronavirus 2019 and the illness it causes, COVID-19, from the start, and they are continuing. People need to be careful what they say. To start with, people shouldn’t call it... — Updated 5/15/2020


Our View: Daines, Gianforte need to be straight up with constituents

Editor's note: This version adds additional background. Two of Montana’s federal lawmakers need to start being straightforward with their constituents. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., both... — Updated 4/28/2020


Responsibilities of citizenship during pandemic

As the death toll from the novel coronavirus rises, we are brutally faced with the reality that public policy directly affects the number of Americans and Montanans who are victimized by this modern plague. And also by the reality... — Updated 3/31/2020


Our View - Common sense, following guidelines, will beat COVID-19

The novel coronavirus 2019 and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is now confirmed to be in Hill County. It probably was a matter of when, not if, it would be confirmed here. The... — Updated 3/26/2020


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