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Articles from the March 1, 2023 edition

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  • Presidents Day is 'flag giveaway day' for first graders

    Steve Edwards|Mar 1, 2023

    Chinook Lions Club members handed out about 30 American flags to first graders on Presidents Day last Monday, February 20. It's a ceremony that dates back at least 40 years per senior Chinook Lions Club members. For some families it's a third generation receiving the desktop stick flags. Flags are given to Meadowlark students as well as first graders in surrounding rural schools. Before the handing out ceremony and the end of program class photo, a Lions Club member presents a short program...

  • FFA Competes in Spring District Competition in Hobson

    Donna Miller|Mar 1, 2023

    On Tuesday, February 7, ten members with the Big Flat Chapter of the FFA departed at 5:00 a.m. and travelled to Hobson with their Advisor, Mr. Nathan Urie for the Judith Basin District FFA Spring Competition. The top competitor from Turner at Spring Districts was sophomore Cassidy Grabofsky, who won fourth place in the Prepared Speech Competition. Grabofsky wrote and delivered a prepared speech entitled “Animal Rights Versus Animal Welfare.” In it she defines Animal Welfare as pro-animal ownership and recognizes the human-animal bond, as well a...

  • Producers encouraged to Learn about the Montana Farm to School Program

    Kody Farmer|Mar 1, 2023

    Registration is now open for producers interested in learning about the Montana Farm to School Program. The program is designed to instruct farmers, ranchers, processors, along with other types of local food businesses in an effort to train them on various methods of distributing their products to school as well as child nutrition programs. Producers can receive this training at the Montana Farm to School Producer Trainings. There will be two trainings offered using Bringing the Farm to School curriculum. Farmers, ranchers and producers that...

  • Recreation District Bond Passes, Commissioners set to Create New Board

    Kody Farmer|Mar 1, 2023

    The near year long journey by the Friends of the Pool & Park Foundation to create a Recreation District in Chinook to fund repairs the Ensign Sweet Memorial Park and the City of Chinook Pool have finally come to a successful end. After holding a hearing with the Blaine County Commissioners and gaining their support for the creation of the Recreation District in October, there was still more to be done. A Special Election was scheduled for voters in the proposed Recreation District to run from...

  • Theresa Danley commissioned as new lay pastor for Milk River Churches

    Steve Edwards|Mar 1, 2023

    Theresa Danley, of the Chinook Presbyterian Church, is now a Commissioned Lay Pastor (CLP). CLPs preach, lead worship services and perform other functions of ordained ministers. For Theresa it was the culmination of seven-plus years of course work, study, teaching, preaching and preparation. She did academic classes through the Dubuque Seminary (Presbyterian) in Iowa. Much of her academic coursework to be a lay pastor was done online with occasional visits to the Iowa campus. The commissioning...

  • Journal Jots

    Mar 1, 2023

    Harlem Library The Book Challenge for March is to read a book with a green cover or spine. If you have completed the Feb. Book Challenge please let the library know. The library will be hosting a virtual program on the children’s graphic novel “Thunderous” Mar. 9, 6:00-7:30 P.M. Register at tinyurl.com/thunderousMT. You may “Buy a Bag O’Books” during March. For only one dollar you may fill a grocery sack full of used books. The new book club book “Sold On a Monday” may be picked up this week. The first discussion will be Mar. 6, 4 P.M. Blaine C...

  • Hogeland Happenings

    Jane Krass|Mar 1, 2023

    Susan Billmayer visited with Jane Krass and Anita Reed on Monday at Jane’s. The Big Flat community and surrounding areas experienced blizzard conditions and cold temperatures this week. Loretta Beck visited Crystal at Grabofsky’s home on Monday afternoon. Duane and Carol Klindworth, Isaac, Hannah, and Elliot went to Havre on Sunday to help Max Klindworth celebrate his 4thbirthday. Jane Krass’ girls were visitors throughout the week to help with chores. Family members also helped plow, shovel, and blew snow off her driveway throughout the week,...

  • Blaine County Library

    Mar 1, 2023

    We have a couple of thrillers available this week. “Unnatural History” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware novel. Soon no one on Earth will have a place to hide in “The House at the End of the World” by Dean Koontz, a novel about fears known and unknown. “House of Eve” by Sadaqa Johnson and “Women of Chateau Lafayette” by Stephanie Dray are historical fiction novels. “Heart and Bones” by Colleen Hoover follows two young adults from completely different backgrounds embarking on a tentative romance, unaware of what the future holds. “Some...

  • Edward J Brown Jr

    Mar 1, 2023

    Edward J Brown Jr., also known as "Curly Brown" was born to Edward Brown Sr. and Frances "Frosty" Brockie, June 26, 1961. He attended Harlem Schools and lived in Harlem his whole life. Ed loved to visit. He was kind and pleasant to all he met and this was his highlight in visiting everyone he could. He knew everyone in Harlem. Curly was very hard working and very dedicated. He worked for the Harlem School District for 26 years. He cleaned the buses and was the assistant janitor. He retired in... Full story

  • Wesley Allen Main Jr.

    Mar 1, 2023

    Wesley Allen Main Jr. (Maxbiya-To-Wica, Blue Sky Man), 37, of Lodge Pole, MT, was called to take his journey home by our Creator and Heavenly Father on February 20th at Great Falls MT. Wesley, or "Lil Wes" as he was known to most, was born on April 29th, 1985 in Havre, MT to parents Wesley Main Sr., and Audrey Hoops. Lil Wes spent most of his formative years between the Fort Belknap Agency and Lodge Pole areas of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Lil Wes adored his parents being the baby of t... Full story

  • Margaret Strike

    Mar 1, 2023

    Margaret Strike, 76, passed away the evening of February 16, 2023 at 11pm at Benefis East in Great Falls, MT. Due to ongoing complications with her diabetes. She was born on February 28, 1946, the eldest daughter to Mary Louise Talks Different and Joseph John Wing at Fort Belknap Hospital. She attended grade school in Lodgepole and Mission in Hays. Later on, she went to boarding school attending Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. Margaret was raised the traditional way of being generous, s... Full story

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Karyn Higgins|Mar 1, 2023

    Next Wednesday, March 8th there will be a LIHEAP representative at the Senior Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help any seniors that need to sign up for energy assistance. We have respite funds available, to find out if you qualify contact Karyn at 406-357-2648 or come to the Senior Center to pick up a form. Are you a caretaker for your spouse? or a neighbor? or a friend? Do you drive someone to doctor appointments out of town? If so, call Karyn about Respite. 406-357-2648 Cribbage is played every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. players wanted,...

  • Blaine County's Big Sky 55+ Chapter Holds Its Second Meeting

    Donna Miller|Mar 1, 2023

    The Blaine County Chapter of Big Sky 55+ met for the second time on February 15 at the Tripe E Meeting Room of the Blaine County Courthouse Annex in Chinook. Some of their topics included Medicare Advantage fraud and an update on the Montana Legislature. Their next meeting will be held on March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the same location. Although yesterday’s meeting was sparsely attended, those present were “interested and receptive,” in the words of Program Director, Jacob Bachmeier. He attributed the small turn-out to the flu season and repor...

  • Chinook School Board addressed the Hartland Colony School Contract

    Kody Farmer|Mar 1, 2023

    The Chinook School Board addressed the Hartland Colony School Contract at its most recent meeting on Monday, February 13, 2023. Mr. Hofman is recommending we amend the Contract with Hartland (paragraph 3) to read that the District may close the school when enrollment is under 10 or the District may issue an assessment for every student the colony is short from 10. The Colony will also assume mileage costs for staff traveling to the Colony. He wanted to give credit to the person that did the data analysis for Hartland Colony from prior years....

  • Blaine County Students Earn Honors for Fall Semester

    Mar 1, 2023

    MSU - Northern Names Fall semester Dean’s List The Montana State University-Northern’s Fall semester Dean’s List contains 364 students. To be included in the Dean’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better. Chinook MT Cody Arnold Brittney B. Cox Reese F. Elliot Braden L. Eoff Shay Hauer Crystal D. Hofer Chelsi A. Jones Ethan J. Macleod Oskar A. Pula Craig T. Sohn Zachery Wymore HARLEM MT Kailee R. Henry Song Stuker HAYS MT Kallie R. Crantz Gilbert S. Horn HOGELAND MT Shyan L. Krass A...

  • Harlem Library

    Mar 1, 2023

    During the month of March you may “Buy a Bag O’Books!” This means you may fill a grocery sack full of used books for only one dollar. The Book Challenge for March is to read a book with a green cover or spine. We have a selection on display for you to choose from Book Club members may pick up the new book “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris this week. The first discussion will be March 6, 4 P.M. in the library meeting room. Speaking of the meeting room, did you know the library meeting room may be reserved for clubs, groups or families...

  • Off To State: 'Beeters Top Fort Benton 48-37 in Northern C Challenge, Finish 2nd

    Kody Farmer|Mar 1, 2023

    The Chinook Sugarbeeters are headed to their first ever Class C State Girls Basketball Tournament after defeating the Fort Benton Longhorns in a Challenge Game Monday afternoon 49-38. Chinook will be the North No. 2 and will open their State Tournament on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm against the No. 1 East. Who that will be is yet to be decided as the Eastern C Divisional is being played this week. The 'Beeters won two Class B State titles in 1985 and 1986 and finished second to Great Falls...

  • Nick Turner to Take Over as Head Golf Coach for the Chinook Sugarbeeters

    Kody Farmer|Mar 1, 2023

    Mike Seymour has mentored the Chinook High School Golf teams since its beginning and has decided to step down this year in order to follow his daughter during the Track and Field season. The Chinook School Board named his replacement at their Regular School Board meeting February 13, 2023. Nick Turner, Family Consumer Science teacher at the school has been selected to fill the position. Turner didn't hesitate to submit his name when the opening came, "I decided to apply for the golf coach...

  • Ancient Order of the Deep: an Encore

    Steve Edwards|Mar 1, 2023

    Alert readers may recall my story about the Ancient Order of the Deep that ran last August in the "Journal." The Ancient Order... was a Chinook-based group of men who gathered a few times each year to enjoy a Norwegian dinner and the main course was always lutefisk-dried and salted cod reconstituted and cooked for eating. Lutefisk is a traditional holiday dish prepared and consumed in many Nordic countries. The Ancient Order was the brainchild of Blondie Austad, a famed local connoisseur of eati...

  • In-person hunter education classes offered in Havre

    Press Release|Mar 1, 2023

    HAVRE – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education classroom course dates have been set for the Havre area for this year. There will be at least two regular youth classroom courses offered this year. The courses will be held at MSU-Northern at Cowan Hall, room 300, and are free of charge. The course dates are as follow: Class 1: o March 16, 6-7 p.m. - orientation o March 20-24, 6-9 p.m.- class o March 25- field day/live shoot Class 2: o April 20, 6-7 p.m.- orientation o April 24-28, 6-9 p.m.- class o April 29- field day/live shoot I...

  • s-e-c-l-u-s-i-o-n, Chinook 7th Grader Sam Sanders Wins Blaine County Spelling Bee

    Kody Farmer|Mar 1, 2023

    2 Blaine County students grade five through eight gathered in the Chinook High School Auditorium this past Thursday to take part in the 2023 Blaine County Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee originally set to take place a week earlier was postponed due to inclement weather. Student from Chinooks Meadowlark Elementary and Junior High along with students from Harlem Elementary, Turner and Zurich took part in the contest. Due to circumstances the four Hays/Lodge Pole students that qualified were...

  • Blood Drive in Chinook March 7 - Mark Your Calendars!

    Carla Jenewein|Mar 1, 2023

    According to the Red Cross, a recent decline in blood donations may soon make it tough to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves. We are asking all eligible donors to come forward and give at our upcoming blood drive on Tuesday, March 7th from noon till 6 pm at the community commercial building, 300 Cleveland Road (fairgrounds) in Chinook. 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...