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Articles from the February 7, 2024 edition

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  • Chinook School Selects Spelling Bee Winner

    Donna Miller|Feb 7, 2024

    A seventh grader at Chinook Junior High School, Cynnloch Gibson took first place at the Chinook School District Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 30. He will advance to the Blaine County Spelling Bee on February 13, along with seven others who qualified. Sam Sanders, an eighth grader, took second place, while January Jensen, a seventh grader, captured third. Other qualifiers for the County Bee, in no particular order, as they all went out in the same round, are Amos Billmayer, (sixth grade),...


    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...

  • Groundhog Day: the start of yearning for spring

    Steve Edwards|Feb 7, 2024

    I would guess if you are reading this story you, like me, are already thinking about and wishing for the coming of spring. While the last couple of weeks of acceptable winter temperatures have been a nice break from winter, February 2 and the spotlight on whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, is a time many of us start asking, "How much more winter weather will there be?" and "How soon can we expect spring?" I'm one of those folks who look at all sorts of predictors for the coming of...

  • Photographers Shine in 2023 Photo Contest

    Donna Miller|Feb 7, 2024

    Three Chinook photographers came away with prizes in the Triangle Communications 2023 Photo Contest. For their artistic composition and creativity in depicting "the scenic or abstract beauty of the Triangle service area," Crystal Stepper, Ashley Nordboe, and Emily Scofield all won recognition from the judges. Capturing the Grand Prize for her picture of an old pickup with sunflowers spilling from the hood, Stepper won $200 and the opportunity to be featured on the cover of the January/February...

  • Journal Jots

    Feb 7, 2024

    Harlem Library The Book Challenge for Feb. is to read a book with a book on the cover. Socializing Seniors meets Wednesdays, 1-3 P.M. in the library meeting room. The new Book Club selection “The Music of Bees” by Eileen Garvin may be picked up this week. We will discuss the entire book Feb. 26., 4 P.M. The “Love Chocolate….Love Your Library!” event will be Feb. 12, between 4-7 P.M. Vendors may still sign up for a table to sell chocolate confections. We still need people to bring decorated cakes for the contest and mini cupcakes for the choco...

  • Molyneauxs Honored at Fairfield Game

    Donna Miller|Feb 7, 2024

    On Thursday night, February 1, following the girls' varsity basketball game against Fairfield, members from the Chinook High School Pep Club, Addison Olsen and Hannah Schoen made a presentation. Both Principal Matt Molyneaux and Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach Paula Molyneaux, who will be retiring at the end of this school year, received recognition and were honored for their years of service to the school district. Speaking on behalf of the student body, Olsen delivered a short speech...

  • Blaine County Library

    Feb 7, 2024

    February is Library Lovers Month! Be sure to stop in and take a look at the February book displays. While you are here fill out a heart and tell us why you love your library! We have a drawing for adults and one for the kids, so you will want to sign up for that too. New books this week include a bit of everything. “The Women” by Kristen Hannah is a story of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided during the Vietnam War. “House of Flame and City” by Sarah J. Maas is book 3 in the Cresent City series. “Upside...

  • Harlem Library

    Feb 7, 2024

    February is Love Your Library month! What could be better than celebrating your library and chocolate? Come to the family friendly event “Love Chocolate…Love Your Library!” February 12, between 4:00 and 7:00 P.M. Sample chocolate temptations, buy chocolate confections from local vendors, make Valentine crafts, enjoy chocolate fondue, take your picture in the photo booth, and vote on decorated chocolate cakes. We are still looking for vendors, cake bakers, someone to make mini chocolate cupcakes, and people to help at the event. Please conta...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Ginger Hansen|Feb 7, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center! We have had the most wonderful week! We have had a Diamond Dotz class conducted by Barb Ranstrom. Lots of people came and learned this super fun craft. I certainly enjoyed it, as well. Thank you, Barb, for spending your time and talents with us. We appreciate you! We also hosted several Pinochle Marathon classes this past week. Many people came and enjoyed each other’s company for this fun event. There are still several weeks of this happening. If you are a participant in the Marathon & have not y...

  • 4-H Club Meeting Minutes

    Feb 7, 2024

    North Chinook Boosters The North Chinook Boosters 4-H club held their December meeting at the triple e room on December 17th. The meeting was called to order by president Ashlyn Hofeldt. Members present Ashlyn and Hadley Hofeldt, Alexis and Beau Elias, Raylee Houtzel, Gracie, Kaylie, Lillie, and Rainie Skoyen, Evan and Julian Powell, Colter and Jana Snedigar, Daniel and Richard Conrad. American pledge was led by Beau,4-H pledge was led by Evan. Roll call was what do you want for Christmas. Secretary and Treasurers report was given. Other report...


    Feb 7, 2024

    Betty Duan Drugge CHINOOK, Betty Duan Drugge 85, passed away from natural causes on Monday, January 22, 2024. The Funeral Mass will be Friday, February 16, 2024, at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Chinook. Rosary is on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 6:00 p.m., also at St. Gabriel's. Duan was born in Havre, Montana to Robert and Cora Musgrove on February 21, 1938. She lived east of Zurich on her parents' farm. She attended Zurich Elementary School and graduated from Chinook High Schoo... Full story

  • Marlene Doney (Dennis)

    Feb 7, 2024

    Marlene Doney (Dennis), 92, passed away January 24, 2024 at Northern Montana Hospital after a short illness. The family will hold a celebration of life in the spring, as Marlene wanted her ashes spread at her family's homestead. Marlene B Allery was born on December 15, 1931 in Malta, Montana to Alfred & Agnes Allery. She was raised at the family homestead just south of Whitewater, MT, on the creek. After attending schools at Whitewater and Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota, she continued... Full story

  • Mary Delores Castillo

    Feb 7, 2024

    Mary Delores Castillo passed away January 29, 2024. Mary was born on December 19, 1951 to Raymond and Felesidad Castillo in San Antonio, TX. Mary began her life in Pleasant Grove, TX with her three children Edward Perez, David Perez Sr., and Susana Ringo. In 1992, Mary moved to Montana. She became a CNA and worked as a house-keeper for numerous Havre residents. Mary enjoyed baking and cooking with her family, that was the highlight of her days. She was well known for her tortillas. Mary also enj... Full story

  • Chinook & Harlem Grapplers Wrestle Well; Heading to State

    Kody Farmer|Feb 7, 2024

    The Chinook and Harlem boys and girls wrestling teams were back in action this past Friday and Saturday. The Sugarbeeters and Wildcats were in Wolf Point competing at the North-East Divisional. The 'Beeter girls wrestled well, sending all three girls to state this weekend. Sophomore Emma Klingaman won the 126-pound title. The Lady Cats shined as well; sophomore Cyla Adams claimed the girls 114 crown, and had multiple podium finishes as well. The 'Beeter boys and Wildcats had a tougher go of...

  • Sugarbeeters Continue their undefeated Season, beating Fairfield & Cut Bank

    Kody Farmer|Feb 7, 2024

    The Sugarbeeters run their record to 16-0 following a tight win over Fairfield on Thursday night and a comfortable win in Cut Bank on Saturday. The Eagles got on the scoreboards first with a fast break just a minute into the game. Junior Hannah Schoen got a nice bucket inside from junior Alexus Seymour to cut the lead to two with six minutes remaining in the first quarter. Senior Halle Neibauer knocked down two free throws to even the score, 4-4. The Eagles soon after knocked down a corner three...

  • Turner Girls get past Box Elder, fall Short to Fort Benton

    Kody Farmer|Feb 7, 2024

    The Turner Tornado girls basketball team has been playing some inspired basketball lately. First, they took on the Box Elder Bears in a District 9C contest. The girls played really well together and pulled off a comfortable 48-35 win over the Bears. On Saturday, the Tornadoes found themselves in a battle in Fort Benton with both teams being tested until the end. Against Box Elder, the Turner Tornadoes found themselves in a defensive battle early, trailing just 10-9 after the first quarter....

  • Tornadoes fall to Box Elder, Bounce back to take Fort Benton

    Kody Farmer|Feb 7, 2024

    The Turner Tornadoes boys basketball team hosted the Box Elder Bears this past Friday in a District 9C contest. On Saturday, the team traveled to Fort Benton to face the Longhorns in another important District 9C contest. Friday night, the Bears got the best of the Tornadoes, 88-79. On Saturday, the boys were able to turn it around and pick up a 52-42 win over Fort Benton. The Tornadoes got off to a slow start on Friday against the Box Elder Bears, falling behind 20-8 in the first quarter of act...

  • 'Beeters Fall to Fairfield & Cut Bank

    Kody Farmer|Feb 7, 2024

    As the season winds down, the Beeter Boys are desperately looking to pick up some wins. This past weekend they were home. On Thursday night, the 'Beeters hosted the Fairfield Eagles in a district 1B match up. The Eagles got the best of the 'Beeters taking home a 65-46 victory. Two nights later, the 'Beeters were in Cut Bank looking for another opportunity to pick up a district 1B win. The 'Beeters were unable to claim a victory, falling 63-45. The Eagles opened up the game with a basket less...

  • Hays/LP Girls & Boys Fall to Big Sandy Pioneers

    Kody Farmer|Feb 7, 2024

    The Hays/Lodge Pole boys and girls' basketball teams each played just one game this past week. On Friday, February 2, the Thunderbirds welcomed the Big Sandy Pioneers to town in a classic District 9C contest. The boys turned in a valiant effort, matching the Pioneers step for step before falling 44-40. In the girl's game, the Thunderbirds never really got going in a tough 63-24 set back. The Thunderbird girls got a three point bucket from sophomore Chynelle McConnell and a two point bucket from...