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  • Local, Britton Elliot, will participate in Miss Montana Volunteer program

    Press Release|Jul 17, 2024

    Once again for the 4th year the Miss Montana Volunteer Program will take place at the Dawson County High School Auditorium on July 18-20th. The show will start at 7 pm nightly. There will be nine Miss Montana Volunteer contestants hailing from across the state from Helena, Billings, Chinook, Laurel, Bozeman, and of course Glendive. The Miss Montana Volunteer Program has been working hard to get the word out across this vast state about the great scholarship opportunities that they provide. Our...

  • 5th ANNUAL BREWFEST SCHEDULED FOR 4TH OF JULYthe Hi-Line

    Press Release|Jun 26, 2024

    The Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation would like to invite people from across the Hi-Line to help fund necessary improvements to the Pool and Park Complex in Chinook. This year only, the 5th Annual Brewfest will be held at Sweet Park in Chinook on Thursday, July 4th, 2024. This fun-filled event is one of the major fundraisers for the Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation and the event happens annually. The Brewfest will start at 4 p.m. at Sweet Memorial Park at 800 New York Street, and it will feature many different craft beers,...

  • Aaniiih Nakoda College Announces 2024 Commencement Speaker

    Press Release Aaniiih Nakoda College|May 8, 2024

    Aaniiih Nakoda College Commencement is slated for Friday, May 10, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. The celebration will take place at the Fort Belknap Red Whip Gymnasium. Dr. John Spence will be presenting the commencement address to the forty-one graduates. Dr. Spence is Gros Ventre and Sioux and was born at Fort Belknap. Dr. Spence traveled to Aaniiih Nakoda College from his home in Salem, Oregon, on November 7, 2023, where he and other past ANC Presidents were honored during the 40th Anniversary of ANC formerly known as Fort Belknap College. Dr. Spence...

  • Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation receives $60,000 from Federl Home Loan Bank of Desmoines and Independence Bank through the Member Impact Fund

    Press Release Friends of the Pool and Park|May 8, 2024

    Chinook, Montana – The Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation are pleased to announce that Independence Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines have rewarded them a $60,000 grant from the FHLB Des Moines Member Impact Fund. This matching grant program, which was introduced in 2023, provides nearly $20 million to eligible organizations in order to strengthen communities in target areas of the FHLB Des Moines district. In 2024, the FHLB Des Moines increased the Member Impact Fund by $10...

  • FRIENDS OF THE POOL AND PARK FOUNDATION RECEIVES $100,000 FROM LOCAL RESIDENT, JOHN SHELSTAD

    Press Release|May 1, 2024

    Friends of the Pool and Park Local Chinook Resident, John Shelstad, recently donated $100,000 to the Chinook Pool and Park project. The committee is beyond grateful for John's generous donation as he has made such an impact on the project and its successful completion. Heather DePriest, President of the Foundation states "John surprised us with his wonderful donation and we can't thank him enough for his financial support of the project. The project is so important to the future generations of...

  • Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation Donors Fully Match Schellin $100,000 Donation

    Press Release Friends of the Pool and Park|May 1, 2024

    Friends of the Pool and Park This past January, the amazing Schellin Family put out a challenge to donors to match a donation of up to $100,000 for the Chinook Pool and Park project, and donors came out in full force! The family set a deadline of March 31st, and by late March, the donation total match amount neared $89,000 of the $100,000 match amount. A final donor put the match up over $100,000 when a local longtime Chinook resident, John Shelstad, made a very generous $100,000 donation to the project. The Schellin Family and the Friends of...

  • Chinook Stockgrowers hold presentation

    Press Release|May 1, 2024

    Chinook, MT: This past week the Montana Stockgrowers Association held a presentation called the “Producer Profitability Initiative”. This program is a grassroots movement started by cattle ranchers and led by cattle ranchers who have a vision to create a sustainable future for the American livestock industry. This initiative is intended to encompass ranchers of all ages, management styles, operations large and small. Bear Paw Livestock hosted the event and provided space for a crowd of producers to meet and discuss several issues per...

  • Lights Sign Chinook Standout Jackson Nordboe

    Press Release from golightsgo.com|May 1, 2024

    Last Wednesday afternoon, Chinook High School senior forward Jackson Nordboe officially signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Montana State University-Northern. He was surrounded by family, friends, teammates, and coaches at the Floyd-Bowen Gymnasium when he made his proclamation. "Jackson is a guy who has always been around our program whenever he can be ... during the season, and in the off-season at our Summer League and camps," Northern coach Shawn Huse said. "His passion for...

  • BLM issues decision on Left Coulee Access

    Press Release|May 1, 2024

    SOUTH BLAINE COUNTY, Mont. – Bureau of Land Management officials signed a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for a travel plan amendment opening a 0.6-mile primitive road in the Left Coulee area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument’s Bullwhacker region, providing legal public motorized and mechanized access to that area. In 2023, the Square Butte Grazing Association and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks finalized a Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) through a private parcel along Cow Creek. The BLM con...

  • NEW LOCAL COORDINATOR IN TURNER, MT

    Press Release|Apr 10, 2024

    Julie Welsh joins International Cultural Exchange Services Turner, MT - 4/2/2024 – International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) welcomes Julie Welsh as a new Local Coordinator. "I live on a farm/ranch in rural North Central Montana. My husband and I have three grown sons and one daughter who is 10. We hosted an exchange student several years ago, and now I hope to help students come to our small community to learn more about our small community to learn more about our lifestyle. I enjoy r...

  • Havre Elks Lodge: New Officers

    Press Release|Apr 10, 2024

    Havre Elks Lodge #1201 installed the members who will lead the lodge in the 2024-25 year Monday April 1st. The members who were installed and their offices are Exalted Ruler, Matt Kretchmer; Leading Knight, Dale Herd; Lecturing Knight, Greg Tilleman; Loyal Knight, Robert Kurtz; Secretary, Brandy Kurtz; Esquire, Kyle Leeds; Chaplin, Debra Herd; Inner guard, Brian Carpenter. The lodge trustees for the 2024-25 year are Carra Palmer, David Murray and Donna Tilleman. Secretary Brandy Kurtz said: “We look forward to working with these fine members w...

  • CHS ALL CLASS REUNION – PLANS WELL UNDERWAY

    Press Release|Mar 20, 2024

    Chinook High School Alumni are welcomed and invited to the upcoming CHS All-Class Reunion scheduled for July 4th – 7th, 2024, in Chinook. This four-day event will boast a plethora of fun and exciting activities. The Reunion Committee would like to welcome Alumni, Family, Friends, Current and Former Teachers, and non-graduating Alumni to attend and enjoy the upcoming festivities. The Chinook High School All-Class Reunion happens every 5 years in beautiful Chinook, Montana and, like many organizations, the All-Class Reunion Committee has been s...

  • Chinook Blood Drive was held on March 5th

    Press Release|Mar 20, 2024

    At our recent blood drive on Tuesday March 5th we had 43 presenting donors with 40 units collected. Because of your generosity 120 lives will be saved. We encourage anyone who is healthy, willing and able to come help give the gift of life. Donors with all blood types are needed. Remember, blood is a perishable product that can only come from blood donors like yourself. So please, come roll up your sleeve and give the gift of life. One donation can save up to the three lives. There were no new donors at this blood drive, but we always...

  • Blaine County Announces Online Burn Permits

    Press Release|Mar 20, 2024

    The citizens of Blaine County are now able to obtain a burn permit online without standing in line or even leaving home. The Blaine County Burn Permit service – found at https://app.egovmt.com/burnpermit/ –available as of Feb 2024, and will provide citizens with instant access to county burn permits. Permit holders are able to add multiple burn locations to a single permit and can even print their permit at home or send it to themselves electronically by entering an email address. Burn permits are available online at https:/...

  • North Central Montana Cattle Women Available

    Press Release|Feb 21, 2024

    A scholarship is again offered by the North Central Montana Cattle Women and the North Central Montana Stock Growers. This annual scholarship is available to high school seniors and college students completing their sophomore year. Interest from a memorial fund honoring the memory of deceased members is contributed to by the Cattle Women. Stock Growers supplies their portion of the scholarship through fundraising efforts and interest from money left from the Livestock Protective Association, a forerunner to the present Stock Grower...

  • American Garage in Chinook again offering Scholarship Opportunities for area Graduating Seniors

    Press Release|Feb 21, 2024

    American Garage in Chinook is well known for their professional automotive repairs as well as their community support over the years. Their commitment to area youth is absolutely no different. Owners, Scott and Heather DePriest, believe in the value of serving their communities and they are proud to once again offer two $500 Scholarships to Blaine County students who are going into an Automotive Trade. American Garage opened in 2006 and right away, they knew they wanted to give back to their communities. Several years later, they started a...

  • Montana Seed Show March 7-9

    Press Release|Feb 14, 2024

    PRESS RELEASE The 2024 Montana Seed Show is approaching. The Montana Seed Show will be held March 7 – 9, 2024 at Harlem High School. The Montana Seed Show would like invite everyone to participate in this year’s show. The purpose of the Montana Seed Show Seed and Forage Contest is to promote the production and use of good quality seed and feed. All growers are encouraged to exhibit the feed and seed they have for sale or are using on their farms. It is the desire of the Montana Seed Show Committee to provide a system for entry that is sim...

  • Estate Planning Workshops Coming to the Hi-Line

    Press Release|Feb 14, 2024

    Both the Blaine and Hill County Extension offices will be hosting Dr. Marsha Goetting on the Hi-Line for a series of Estate Planning Workshops this week. The first workshop in the series will be held on February 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Harlem Senior Center, which is located at 116 Main Street South in Harlem. At this site, Dr. Goetting's topic will be Transferring Your Farm or Ranch to the Next Generation. Later that evening at 6:30, the workshop location will be the Hill County Chuckwagon at...

  • SAVING SWEET: A LONG-TERM GOAL

    Press Release|Feb 7, 2024

    The nursing home industry is in trouble, especially rural nursing homes that have managed to not succumb to the struggles of the last 3 ½ years. In 2022, 12 nursing homes in Montana closed; one of those was just down the road from us, in Malta. Rural nursing homes made up 31% percent of all nursing home closures since 2020, according to American Health Care Association data. That rate peaked in 2022, with 37% of that year’s closures involving rural providers, even though 13.5% of the nation’s roughly 15,000 nursing homes are considered rural, a...

  • Simulation in Motion Montana and Aaniiih Nakoda College Collaborate on Lifesaving Training

    Press Release Aaniiih Nakoda College|Jan 31, 2024

    Harlem, MT – In a significant stride towards enhancing healthcare education and emergency response capabilities, Simulation in Motion Montana (SIM-MT) proudly announces its recent collaboration with Aniiih Nakoda College. This partnership, part of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) series, focused on specialized training in pediatrics and cardiac care, crucial areas in medical services. The training session, held on January 24th, brought together healthcare professionals and students in a...

  • Tescha Hawley Recognized as a Top 10 CNN Hero

    Press Release CNN Heroes|Jan 10, 2024

    L The Day Eagle Hope Project, inspired by Tescha Hawley, a member of the Gros Ventre tribe on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, was recognized as a Top 10 CNN Hero during CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Sunday, Dec. 10. Day Eagle Hope Project was celebrated by CNN Heroes for its work toward helping victims of cancer and healthy food sustainability. Presenting the award was actress Edie Falco, who made a special appearance to present the honor to Tescha Hawley, founder of the nonprofit, in...

  • Chinook Blood Drive Set for January 9, 2024 - National Blood Donor Month

    Press Release Chinook Blood Drive|Jan 3, 2024

    Chinook will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, January 9th, 2023 from noon till 6pm at the Chinook Community Commercial Building down at the fairgrounds. The American Red Cross deemed January as National Blood Donor Month and describesit as, “a time to recognize the importance of giving blood and platelets while celebrating the lifesaving impact of those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. It is also a time to encourage new and lapsed donors to resolve to give blood during one of the most difficult times to maintain a s...

  • Local Surgeon Highlights Potential Benefits of the Mymobility® Application for Orthopedic Procedures

    Press Release Julianne LaSmith - NMH|Jan 3, 2024

    Havre, Montana – Total joint replacement is one of the most commonly performed, elective surgical procedures in the United States. It is also becoming an increasingly popular outpatient procedure at surgery centers across the country, including Northern Montana Hospital in Havre, Montana. Dr. M. Benjamin Farr and the medical staff at Northern Montana Hospital (NMH) are excited to offer Zimmer Biomet's mymobility® app, which acts as a surgical companion for patients before and after orthopedi...

  • Notice of Lodge Creek Bridge on US Highway east of Chinook

    Press Release Montana Department of Transportation|Dec 27, 2023

    A recent inspection found advanced spalling, cracking, and deterioration at the concrete beam ends in Span 1. Due to the severe conditions of the beam ends, the bridge can no longer carry traffic safely and reliably on the exterior beams. For public safety, traffic is restricted down to a single 12-foot lane centered on the bridge. Once the 12-foot centered lane is in place, any currently permitted overweight vehicles will be allowed to cross if the vehicle fits within the 12-foot restriction....

  • Chinook Holds A Successful Red Cross Blood Drive

    Press Release|Nov 29, 2023

    Chinook Blood Drive On November 14, 2023 the Chinook community hosted the Red Cross Blood Drive. We had 51 donors registered with 45 productive units. We had 6 first time donors: Addison Olsen, Alexus Seymour, Hope Huckabee, Robert Reid, Leonard McKee, and Cheyenne Weigand. Thank you for becoming donors and giving such a valuable gift. Door prizes were awarded to Tess Langford, Addison Olsen, Sandi Boardman, Jennifer Allen, Julia Briere, Crystal Huckabee, Leonard McKee and Stephanie Grimes. The...

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