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Articles from the February 21, 2024 edition


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  • When Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday coincide...

    Steve Edwards|Feb 21, 2024

    This past week Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday occurred on the same day. I'd never thought about how often these two holidays, both with religious underpinnings, fall on the same calendar date. Turns out, not very often. While the two days infrequently fall together, the last time was in 2018, just a mere six years ago. Although I have written stories about both these holidays, reviewing my work notes and I didn't write about either day in 2018. Weird. Some more research revealed just how...

  • Billmayer and Kelly Are Named HOBY Ambassadors

    Donna Miller|Feb 21, 2024

    Chinook High School sophomores, Bailey Billmayer and Carson Kelly have been named Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar Ambassadors for 2024. The pair will attend a seminar from June 6-9 on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. According to Fay Friede, the Guidance Counselor and Student Council Advisor at Chinook High School, the emphasis for selection was on personal interest and leadership potential. As part of the application process, the two sophomores had to discuss...

  • 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...

  • Statewide Blewett Wrestling Scholarships Offered

    For Immediate Release|Feb 21, 2024

    For the 18th year in a row Alexander (Zander) Blewett, III, a trial lawyer from the personal injury law firm of Hoyt & Blewett PLLC in Great Falls, Montana, has offered three $1,000 scholarships to the top student/wrestlers around the state of Montana for Classes “AA”, “A”, and “B/C”. The scholarships are awarded to the top wrestler from each school classification who has displayed the best combined qualities of wrestling and academic achievement. Both boys and girls wrestlers are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The award will go to...

  • Sanders Wins County Spelling Bee

    Donna Miller|Feb 21, 2024

    On February 13, twenty-seven spellers from across Blaine County converged on Chinook High School's Lloyd Sweet Auditorium for the Blaine County Spelling Bee. After six rounds, Samson Sanders, an eighth grader at Chinook Junior High School (CJHS), was declared the champion, and Quin Billmayer, another CJHS eighth grader, had taken second place, designating her as the alternate. Students from Chinook, Zurich, Harlem, Hays/Lodgepole, and Turner participated in Tuesday's competition. The Bee went...

  • Journal Jots

    Feb 21, 2024

    Sonshine Church School Sonshine Church School is on Fridays from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Wallner Hall Harlem Library The Book Challenge for Feb. is to read a book with a book on the cover. The library board will hold their regular monthly meeting Feb. 28, 4:30 P.M. in the library meeting room. The Book Club is currently reading “The Music of Bees” and will discuss the entire book Feb. 26, 4 P.M. “Friends and Fun” meets every Wed. from 1-3 P.M. All adults are welcome for a time to visit, play games, and enjoy light snacks. Weekly programs for chi...

  • ChinookSeniorCenter

    Feb 21, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center! We continue to have fun, fun, fun in here! Today we are celebrating St. Valentine’s Day, with a Scavenger Hunt, Valentine Bingo & a crowning of a King & Queen, which are John & Dona Clay! These two marvelous people help out every single day, here at the Center. They are always willing to help and always have a smile on their faces! We are also gifting a Prince of Steve Edwards & his lovely bride, Sherry Edwards as Princess. We will be gifting a Sweetheart as well. Mary Preeshl has been coming in f...

  • BlaineCountyLibrary

    Feb 21, 2024

    The Blaine County Library Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday February 26th at 4:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. It’s hard to believe February is almost over! Time flies when you’re having fun. Our Valentines Station was so much fun we decided to have a Black History Month activity table for the remainder of February. Kids can enjoy activities and learn about Martin Luther King, Ruby Ridges, and Garret Morgan. I confess, I did not know who Garret Morgan was until today. Garret Morgan was the creator of the sto...

  • HarlemLibrary

    Feb 21, 2024

    The Book Challenge for February is to read a book with a book on the cover. When you complete your book, please contact the library so your name may be entered to win a gift certificate from a local business. The library board of trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 P.M. in the library meeting room. The Book Club is currently reading “The Music of Bees” by Eileen Garvin. We will discuss the entire book Monday, February 26 at 4 P.M. Congratulations to Cheryl Horn whose fabulous Pink Fancy cake won the con...

  • Gary Dean Hanson

    Feb 21, 2024

    Gary Dean Hanson (88) passed away on February 9, 2024 after fighting with congestive heart failure. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service will be postponed until June 8, 2024 in Fort Mohave, AZ. Gary was born on June 10, 1935 to Vic and Verlie Hanson in Scobey, MT. He grew up ranching alongside his parents until he joined the Army in 1953 and was on leave when he met his wife to be Paula. They married on September 9, 1956 and to this union 5 children were added. Gary and... Full story

  • William David Powell

    Feb 21, 2024

    William David Powell, 89, of Chinook Montana passed away February 9th, 2024 with his son Mike by his side. Bill was born September 20, 1934 on Cow Creek south of Chinook, MT to Jacob Clement Powell and Lucille McNeill Powell. Bill was the 11th child of the 13 infamous Powell clan. Bill was very proud of his upbringing and the lessons he learned as a child and throughout his younger years. He would tell everyone how tough his parents were raising 13 children while ranching, raising food, and maki... Full story

  • George Von Boushie

    Feb 21, 2024

    George Von Boushie (Yellow Owl) began his journey to the Big Sands on February 10, 2024. George was the 7th child born to Richard "Johnny" Boushie, Sr. and Roberta Whitecow on September 18, 1969. He was educated at St. Paul's Mission and Hays/Lodge Pole High schools. Upon his graduation in May, 1987, George immediately left for his service with the United States Army. George's employment included the Fort Belknap Indian Community, Fort Belknap Housing Authority, Poteet Construction Services; as... Full story

  • The Blaine County Museum's oral history project has begun

    Steve Edwards|Feb 21, 2024

    The oral history project initiated by Blaine County Museum Director Samantha (Sam) French has officially begun. In a kickoff presentation to the Chinook Lions Club about a month ago Sam said, "It's been my goal to do an oral history collection since I arrived at the Museum. My hope is the folks who volunteer to do interviews will have contacts throughout the county." After a brief campaign to recruit volunteers to do the interviews eight locals signed up representing several regions of the...

  • Blaine County Museum Memo

    Olivia Downs|Feb 21, 2024

    February is Black History Month, and the museum will be hosting Chinook’s Austin Haney to give us a special presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers in Montana. The Buffalo Soldiers were a United States Army Regiment that primarily comprised of African Americans. Please join us for “No Better Troops in Service: Buffalo Soldiers in Montana” on February 17th at 12:00pm, here at the Museum. This is a free event open to the public. Fort Belknap hosted their Mid-Winter fair last week. The museum set up an outreach table and sold some of our books...

  • Blaine County Teams Compete in District Tournaments; Chinookk Advances to Divisionals

    Feb 21, 2024

    This past weekend, Chinook, Harlem, Hays/ LodgePole and Turner all took part in their respective District Tournaments. Chinook traveled to Conrad to take part in the 1B tournament. This is the first time Chinook hasn't been part of the 9C tournament in 18 years, and while it was not the atmosphere they may be used to for post-season action, that didn't stop them from finding success. Harlem traveled to Wolf Point to take part in District 2B action. Turner and Hays/LodgePole were in Havre for...

  • Friede Named Overall Beef Showman at Little International

    Feb 21, 2024

    The Saddle and Sirloin Club of North Dakota State University held their annual event, the Little International. This year marked the 98th Little "I", which took place Saturday, February 10th. The Little International Livestock Show is the largest student-run event on the NDSU campus involving over 300 students. The show features showmanship classes of beef, dairy, sheep, swine, and goats as well as ham curing and public speaking. The Little International also honors an Agriculturalist of the...

  • Local DAR Chapter Announces Good Citizen Winners

    Feb 21, 2024

    The Black Eagle-Assinniboine Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution presented Good Citizen awards at the chapter's George Washington Tea on Saturday, February 10th at the Meadow Lark Country Club. Good Citizen Chair Laura Park and Regent Selene Thomas presented a certificate and pin to all Good Citizen winners. This year's winners are Clayton Jassen from Belt High School, Cooper Taylor from Big Sandy High School, Seth McKamey from Cascade High School, Quentin Edwards from Chinook High...

  • 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...

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