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  • Harlem Students Brighten The Community With New Planter

    Robe Walker|May 15, 2024

    The Harlem Post Office planter, situated in the outside front entry way of the Harlem Post Office, was in need of repair and replacement, the lone plum tree has survived for over two years without a proper planter in need of replacement. Students from a Harlem High School class became aware of this needed project. As a community service project, students then decided to express their creativity and design skills and build a new planter to contain the hardy plum tree and provide a space for...

  • Chinook Schools Commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week

    Donna Miller|May 15, 2024

    Not only across the country but also in area schools, people celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6-10. In a proclamation on Friday, May 3, President Joe Biden said: “Teachers are the heart and soul of our Nation. They care for our Nation’s students, pass on knowledge to rising generations, and inspire our children to dream up new possibilities for their futures.” The idea for a week to honor teachers began more than 70 years ago with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who urged Congr...

  • Youth Production to Run through May 18

    Donna Miller|May 15, 2024

    Presented by Alec and Karen McIntosh, the theatrical production Men on Boats opened this past weekend, May 9-11. Anyone who missed this Montana Actors' Theatre (MAT) Youth Production is invited to see it on May 16-18 at 7:00 p.m. in the MSUN/MAT Theatre on the campus of MSU-Northern. Directed by Marcee Murphy and assisted by Cody Samuel Cochran, Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus promises "an unforgettable theatrical experience that will take you on a daring journey through the American West,"...

  • Local Chapter Celebrates FFA Week

    Donna Miller|May 15, 2024

    The Chinook Chapter of the FFA celebrated FFA Week from May 6-9. Observed annually across the country in February, National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to raise awareness about the importance of agricultural education and the National FFA Organization's role in developing future leaders in agriculture. The local Chapter held a series of dress-up days and activities to bring recognition to the agriculture industry and to those who work in related occupations. Monday was Drive Your Tractor...

  • Handy and Simenson Sign to Attend Casper College

    Donna Miller|May 15, 2024

    On Tuesday, May 7, both Aislinn Handy and Wylee Simenson signed with Casper College in Wyoming. Handy will compete with the College Rodeo Team and Simenson will share his skills on the Showmanship and Judging Team. The pair of Chinook High School Seniors joined family members in the Floyd Bowen Gymnasium during the noon hour where they symbolically signed a commitment to attend Casper College and to compete as Thunderbirds. Both Simenson and Handy wore the school's colors, red and black, and sig...

  • Journal Jots

    May 15, 2024

    Harlem Library The Book Challenge for May is to read a book about mental health since May is Mental Health Awareness Month. “Adventure Begins at Your Library!” is the summer reading theme. Kick off your summer with the Summer Reading Costume Party, May 20, from 4-6:30 P.M. Wear your favorite costume and join us for an evening of fun! Children may register for the summer reading program at this event. This is a family friendly event. The library will close at noon May 21 so staff and trustees may attend training. The library will be closed May...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Ginger Hansen|May 15, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Social Senior Center We had the most wonderful presentation by 1st Bank of MT, yesterday, by both Melissa & Cheryl. They brought so much information regarding SAFE BANKING that we can all benefit from! They were super informative and gave out nice prizes, too. Thank you to them for helping to keep us safe in a world filled with fraud. We are looking forward to our Pinochle Marathon Party on Wed., May 15th @ 2:00. It is fun to see how everyone did and will be fun to gather them all together in one place. We are once again...

  • Chinook Library

    May 15, 2024

    The Blaine County Library Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday May 20th at 4:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. The library will be closed Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. We have four non-fiction books available this week. “Rulebreaker: The Life and Times of Barbara Walters” by Susan Page is the biography of the most successful female broadcaster of all time. “Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires” by Dale Martin is the story of railroads and communities in Montana and the West. “The Demon of Unrest” b...

  • Harlem Library

    May 15, 2024

    The Book Challenge for May is to read a book about mental health because May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Friends Executive Board will meet May 14, 4:30 P.M. in the library meeting room. “Adventure Begins at Your Library!” is the summer reading theme for this year. The program will kick off with the Summer Reading Costume Party May 20 between 4:00 and 6:30 P.M. Join us at the library in your favorite costume for an evening of snacks, games, and community. All ages are welcome. Decorate our sidewalk with chalk, enjoy Paradise Shave Ice...

  • Let's talk Mental Health

    Blaine County Health Department|May 15, 2024

    May is mental health awareness month, which is a crucial time to raise awareness and reduce stigma when it comes to mental health. Mental Health should be just as important as your physical health and affect every single person in one way or another. By having more education to better understand mental health, in the future we can hope that mental health will be viewed and treated with the same importance as physical health. Going to therapy should not be frowned upon but encouraged. Going to therapy and talking through one’s mental health s...

  • Emerson Paul Stiffarm Jr.

    May 15, 2024

    Emerson Paul Stiffarm Jr. left to be with the Creator and reunite with his wife Moni Dillon, his daughters Danelle and Liani; his parents Emerson Paul Stiffarm Sr. and Eileen (Snoopy) Flying Stiffarm; his grandparents Irvin and Dora Flying Stiffarm, Paul and Mae Shortman Stiffarm; uncles Philip "Knobby" Stiffarm, Dudley Stiffarm; and Sister Laurie Stiffarm on April 22, 2024 at his home in Great Falls, MT. Emer was born on November 3, 1966 at the Fort Belknap Hospital, attended school at St.... Full story

  • Wallace Murray Perrine

    May 15, 2024

    Wallace Murray Perrine, age 79, of Great Falls, MT passed away on December 30, 2023 following a brief illness. Wally, the oldest child of Richard Sears Perrine and Helen Bailey McGregor Perrine, was born March 7, 1944 in Lewistown, MT. Wally attended school in Hobson, MT, graduating in 1962. Wally joined the Montana Air National Guard in 1965, where his training in data processing systems started his lifelong career in computing. While working for the Anaconda Company where they were both... Full story

  • Victor Wayne Finley

    May 15, 2024

    Victor Wayne Finley passed away May 3, 2024, at Kalispell Montana, He was born May 27, 1942 at Bremerton, Washington to Raymond Thomas and Isabel Kathleen Feist Finley. He was raised in the Milk River Valley of Blaine County Montana from the age of 9 months, and graduated Chinook High School in 1961. He married Betty Jean Knettel on February 3, 1962 at St. Gabriel's Church, Chinook, Montana. Two daughters, Joanne Kathleen and Dana Marie, were born to this marriage. Vic spent his life farming,... Full story

  • Blaine County District Track Results

    May 15, 2024

    9C District Track Meet - Havre, MT • May 10, 2024 BOYS 100 Meter - 4.) Ryan Doyle, Turner - :11.69 400 Meter - 1.) Ryan Doyle, Turner - :52.42. 800 Meter - 1.) Ryan Doyle, Turner - 2:05.33 3200 Meters – 5.) Ethan Russell, Hays/LP - 12:38.48. High Jump - 2.) Trent Billmayer, Turner - 5’8”. Long Jump - 2.) Ryan Doyle, Turner - 19’8.75”; Triple Jump - 3.) Ryan Doyle, Turner - 38’2.25”; Girls 100 Meter - 6.) Meridian King-Snider, Turner - :14.62. 200 Meter - 2.) Ali Doyle, Turner - :27.31; 400 Meter - 1.) Bridgette Reed, Turner - 1:02.58. 800 Me...

  • Unofficial Blaine County School Elections

    May 15, 2024

    Unnoficial count of ballots for School District No. 10, Blaine County, MT for the election held on May 7, 2024. Vote for Trustee - Justin Liddle: 329 Donald Stuker: 187 Vote for Levy/Proposition - HS Tech Levy: 285 For 346 Against EL Building Reserve: 258 For 265 Against El General Fund: 253 For 270 Against Unnoficial count of ballots for School District No. 50, Blaine County, MT for the election held on May 7, 2024. Vote for Trustee - Heather Boushie: 31 Robert L. Fox: 36 Hawkan J. Haakanson Sr.: 65 Warren D. Morin: 43 Melissa Shambo: 34 Josh...