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  • Turner High School Graduates Three Students

    Diana Maloney|May 29, 2024

    The Turner High School commencement services were held this past Saturday in the school gymnasium. Mrs. Kathy Zellmer played Pomp and Circumstance. Senior, Ryan Doyle gave a nice welcome and then introduced the guest speaker, Mrs. Kirsti Cederberg. Kirsti's message was that "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child." She conveyed that a host of people help teach a child through their growing up years, from holding a spoon, to potty training, to tying shoes, to dress, and the list goes on all through...

  • Homesteading

    Betty Billmayer|Apr 24, 2024

    On April 16th members of Jim and Helen Billmayer’s family gathered at Sweet Nursing Home, where they now live, to share some family memories with other residents and staff. There are four generations in the picture—Jim and Helen, their daughter Linda Petrie, granddaughters Shannon Van Voast and Stephanie Silva and great granddaughter Gaya Silva. Helen is wearing a dress that was her Gramma Wallin’s. Helen’s father, Christ Christiansen, was born in Norway on February 15, 1888. He immigra...

  • Thoughts of Joy - Hello, God, it's me, Mara

    ma|Mar 20, 2024

    You know, Lord, each and every one of us folks could tell of a single item that holds importance and joy that he or she would never part with. ‘Patty’ told us of a fifty-year-old recipe card that was in her mom’s handwriting. Another gal shared that her lovely pink tea-cups, long ago, were her grandma’s favorite teacups. Other folks may value treasured memories - a compliment that encouraged them, a grandchild’s giggle, or even a special insight they had gleaned for Scripture. What we often keep stashed aways in our hearts, though, are thing...

  • TURNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM HELD

    Diana Maloney|Jan 24, 2024

    Grades K-6th at the Turner School performed a Christmas concert for the 2023 year prior to dismissal before the holiday break. The Kindergarten and First Grade started off the program with playing Silent Night, Jolly Old St Nicholas, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas on the bells. This was directed by Mrs. Shelly Harmon. Mrs. Diana Maloney's second and third grade class sang Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and wearing grinch eye masks and Santa hats, sang You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Closing...

  • Turner High School Holds Induction Ceremony Recently

    Diana Maloney|Jan 10, 2024

    The Turner High School recently held a National Honor Society at their school. Four students were inducted into the group with a cafeteria filled with students, parents, grandparents, and staff. Advisor, Mrs. Shelly Harmon led the induction. President, Hannah Richman, gave a welcome and introductory remarks after Turner Chapter officers, members, Faculty, and Superintendent were introduced. Honor Society members are: President: Hannah Richman Vice President: Cassidy Grabofsky Secretary: Trent...

  • Forever Bobcats

    Evelyn Boswell MSU Mountains and Minds magazine|Dec 20, 2023

    When Dan Davies was growing up on a ranch south of Chinook, branding, stacking hay and three-day cattle drives were as much a part of his life as his three brothers, 25-mile trips to town and the occasional warm winter winds that gave Chinook its name. Butch Damberger, on the other hand, grew up 150 miles west in Cut Bank. The only boy in a family of three sisters, he lived in town where he was more likely to tackle buddies in a backyard than livestock in a corral. So how did these two become...

  • BLOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS IN TURNER

    Diana Maloney|Nov 29, 2023

    A blood drive was held last week in Turner at the American Lutheran Church. There were 20 donors that turned out. The National Honor Society helped check people in and the Turner Auxiliary provided the canteen with sandwiches and bars. There was one new donor, Hannah Richman and one time second donor, Cassidy Grabofsky that donated blood. These girls should be commended for giving a gift of life to someone in need....

  • STUDENTS COMPETE IN COLORING CONTEST

    Diana Maloney|Nov 29, 2023

    The second and third grade students participated in a coloring contest sponsored by the Blaine County Health Department earlier this Fall. The contest was geared to raise awareness of Mental illness. The younger children of Blaine County were asked to color a picture that was selected by Blaine Co. Health Dept. This particular picture that they colored was drawn by a winner from a drawing contest in upper grades the year before, so this was a special drawing to color. In second grade, the...

  • BIG FLAT CATHOLIC YOUTH HELP IN A TIME OF NEED

    Diana Maloney|Nov 15, 2023

    The Big Flat Catholic youth group did an act of kindness as they helped stock the Harlem Food Bank. They asked the community for donations and had several drop off spots throughout the community. The kids picked up the food and delivered it recently. They collected 485 pounds of food and $525.00 in monetary donations to help fill the pantry. Jack Siemens and Chuck Wasser of the food bank happily collected and stocked what the children brought to the pantry. The Big Flat Catholic Youth would...

  • Turner Students Travel to Washington DC

    Diana Maloney|Nov 15, 2023

    The Turner High School Juniors and Seniors from the DC Club recently traveled to Washington, DC. for a week-long trip of learning and exploring. Some of the highlights they saw were the White House, Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, various memorials including the Lincoln, Navy, Korean, Vietnam, Jefferson, World War Two Memorial, Lady Liberty, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and so much more! They truly had...

  • Bands of Belonging

    Bailey Billmayer|Nov 8, 2023

    I belong to a tribe of ranchers who base their happiness on harvest and whether the cows get home, women who throw their hair in a bun and cook until the skies are full of warm colors, and small-town country kids who work in the time they aren’t cramming ‘unwanted’ knowledge into their brains. I am a sister, granddaughter, friend, and student. I belong to a tribe of people who find peace in being alone, and happiness with the few people they surround themselves with. I turn my back on unwanted drama, and go down the path of many uncer...

  • Aspen Colby wins Scholarship in memory of Tristan Billmayer

    Press Release Billmayer Family|Oct 4, 2023

    The family of Tristan Billmayer is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Mental Health Field Scholarship in the amount of $500. Aspyn Colby, a 2023 graduate of Chinook High School is the daughter of John and Dawn Colby. Aspyn is a Freshman at UND this Fall and plans on majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology. She was awarded this scholarship with the intent to spread awareness of mental health within the criminal justice system. As the youngest of a generational law...

  • Chinook Welcomes Four New teachers to town

    Erik Sietsma|Sep 20, 2023

    Students returning to classes in Chinook have been greeted by new faces and a few familiar ones in new roles. Four new teachers have been added to staff for the 2023-2024 school year, though the school is still looking to fill some roles. Fred Hofman, the superintendent in Chinook, highlighted some of the staff changes: “We’ve got a new 7th through 12th Special Ed teacher, who we converted from a paraprofessional to a teacher.” Faith Hofman, Fred’s wife, took on the role after the district lost its third special education teacher in as many ye...

  • Aaniiih woman among first to graduate from UND's new Indigenous health program

    Nora Mabie Missoulian|Sep 6, 2023

    When Amy Stiffarm was a graduate student at University of Montana, she learned that Native American women have low rates of breastfeeding. But she didn't understand why. "Until one day, I came across (reports) about how historical trauma and boarding school trauma took away our parenting knowledge and knowledge around how to feed your babies," said Stiffarm, who is Aaniiih and a descendent of the Chippewa Cree and Blackfeet tribes. "I had never seen that before - something that was talking about...

  • In rural America, we are more self-reliant, more capable

    Jamie Henneman|May 31, 2023

    In our highly politicized, mass-media, instant-news culture there are ongoing messages about inequality, gender disparity, unfairness, race conflicts and other social ills. People argue that more regulations or more government money or more programs will fix these issues. But those who promote such “answers” do not understand the premise that “for every government benefit, a freedom must be surrendered.” The idea that you can, and should, take care of yourself is really at the backbone of what it means to be an American. This idea, however...

  • The Land of Extremes

    Herman Gebert|May 31, 2023

    That’s where we are in Central Montana When you move to this land and have your dreams Jim Beam is a good idea it seems We have summers that are hot and dry We have long, cold winters that will make you cry Drought years when irrigation water is short Sometimes you and your neighbor end up in court The land of extremes is where we live Sometimes it seems like we just give and give But there are good times, too Although, at times, one thinks it’s something new Mosquitoes and gumbo are mentioned a lot The hot days in August will make you won...

  • VEGAS COMES TO TORNADO ALLEY

    Diana Maloney|May 10, 2023

    The Turner Prom was recently held in Turner for all Turner High School students and their dates. The evening began by enjoying a ham banquet that was prepared by Junior Parents; Darci and BG Ammen, Hilary and Tim Richman, and Shawna and Adam Billmayer. It was there that the Senior Prophecies and wills were read by the Junior students, Ryan Doyle, Hannah Richman, and Trent Billmayer. The parents invited all the High School students and their dates this year. Following the banquet, the students...

  • American Legion Post #48 Celebrates 104 Years

    Ginger Maddox|Apr 19, 2023

    The American Legion Post #48 of Chinook held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2023. This happened to be a special meeting as District 2 Commander Jed Damson made a post visitation; Post 48 welcomed its newest member Miranda Helzer; and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #48 presented the Post members a cake in honor of the American Legions 104th birthday anniversary. It's a very significant and impressive milestone when you consider that in this day and age an organization that...

  • BIG FLAT CATHOLIC KIDS HOLD FOOD DRIVE

    Diana Maloney|Nov 23, 2022

    The Big Flat came through in a big way, again! The Big Flat Catholic Youth sponsored a food drive to help stock the Harlem Ministerial Catholic Food Bank shelves. The drive was done a bit differently this year as they asked for food at the local Big Flat Grocery Store as well as other churches on the Big Flat. The group collected a whopping 460 pounds of food, which was quite impressive! They credit the Big Flat Community for such an astounding success. Thank you for once again supporting this...

  • THIS WEEK: DROP-OFF SITES OPEN FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

    Mariah Molina|Nov 16, 2022

    As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many families and children are giving thanks and giving back—to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child. Shoebox gifts prepared by generous donors and filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, Nov. 14 - 21. More than 4,500 drop-off sites are now open. The Samaritan’s Purse project will collect its 200-millionth shoebox this year! Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to chi...

  • SUICIDE MEMORIAL WALK A SUCCESS IN TURNER

    Diana Maloney|Sep 21, 2022

    The 8th Annual Tristan Billmayer Memorial Suicide Awareness Walk was held and a huge success this past Saturday in Turner. The day was made to order with bright, clear skies and a temperature that was very conducive to outside activity. The day began with registration at Turner Park with around 100 people signing the registration book. While people mingled prior to the walk they had the opportunity to catch up since the last walk, make donations and enter raffle drawings. The raffle items were H...

  • Billmayer Family Announces Winner of the 2022 Mental Health Scholarship in Honor of Tristan

    Shawna Billmayer|Sep 14, 2022

    The family of Tristan Billmayer is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Mental Health Field Scholarship in the amount of $500. Samantha May, a 2020 graduate of CJI High School is the daughter of Brian and Jeri May. Samantha is currently a student at the University of Montana and is working to obtain her bachelor's degree in psychology, in order to later attend graduate school for school counseling. Growing up in a rural community, Samantha knows the importance of having someone to support...

  • Jason DeShaw to Speak at Harlem Assembly Today

    Shawna Billmayer|Sep 7, 2022

    Harlem High School is hosting an assembly sponsored by Tristan Billmayer Memorial, featuring Jason DeShaw. It will take place on Wednesday, September 7 at 1:30 in the afternoon at Harlem High School Gymnasium. All Blaine County Schools (7-12) have been invited to attend. The public is also invited. September is Suicide Prevention Month and it is very important to spread awareness about mental illness and suicide. We had him speak and perform at our first suicide awareness walk in 2015 and he is very good. “Jason DeShaw has spent years f...

  • BLM issues final decision on bison grazing proposal

    Bureau of Land Management|Aug 3, 2022

    (MALTA, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management issued a final decision today for a bison grazing proposal involving seven allotments in Phillips County, Montana, held by American Prairie, which allows for bison grazing on six of the seven allotments. The Telegraph Creek, Box Elder, Flat Creek, White Rock, French Coulee, Garey Coulee and East Dry Fork allotments – a total of approximately 63,500 acres of BLM-administered lands – currently provide 7,969 animal unit months of permitted use. One common allotment grazed with another livestock opera...

  • TURNER FUN DAYS A HUGE SUCCESS IN TURNER

    Diana Maloney|Jul 27, 2022

    The Fun Day held this past weekend in Turner turned out to be a huge success! The day began with a FLY IN and Lions pancake breakfast. There were only about 6 airplanes that flew in, but they joined up with others who began registering their cars, trucks, bikes, and tractors at the annual car show. Around 90 vehicles were on hand for the viewing. There were old cars, new cars, restored cars and tractors, and an assortment of bikes, both motor and pedal! The Big Flat Grocery Store organized the...

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