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Articles from the June 21, 2023 edition

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  • Saving a Building and Providing a Service

    Donna Miller|Jun 21, 2023

    For years, long-time Harlem residents Rhonda and Dean Baker drove by the old McGuire's Motel and watched it deteriorate. Rhonda recalls working for McGuires in her early teaching days, "In 1985 after school, I'd come work the desk while I corrected papers." However, the building stood empty and unmaintained for twenty years. "It was either ignore it or do something about it," Rhonda stated. So, in 2021, she and her husband bought the land and facility at 42445 US HWY 2. The building's roof had...

  • Kenneth Mark Hansen

    Jun 21, 2023

    Kenneth "Kim" Mark Hansen, 71, passed away June 10, 2023, of natural causes. He was born October 15, 1951, in Havre, MT to Kenny and Elsie (Klungland) Hansen of Harlem, MT and was the oldest of three children. Kim attend school in Harlem and graduated from Harlem High School in 1971. On June 23, 1973, he married the love of his life, Ann Burkhartsmeyer and lived on the farm south of Harlem before moving to Harlem. Together they had two children, Jessica and Julie. He spent his life farming and...

  • Zack Schellin produces Daytime Emmy Award Winning Show

    Kody Farmer|Jun 21, 2023

    Zack Schellin is a 2015 graduate of Chinook High school and currently works as the producer of the Montana this Morning show at KTVQ in Billings. Schellin has come a long way since getting his start in television and recently received one of the highest honors one could get by winning a Daytime Emmy Award for one of his productions. Following graduation Zack tried his hand at college but it just wasn't for him, "Typically to be a producer you need a degree in Journalism but after leaving school...

  • Kenneth R. Finley

    Jun 21, 2023

    Kenneth R Finley, 77, passed away March 15th, 2023 of natural causes. He was born March 31, 1946 in Havre MT to Ray and Isabel (Feist) Finley. Ken was the middle child of three. He graduated Chinook High School in 1964 and joined the Air Force. He left the Air Force in 1969 and moved back to Chinook and farmed with his brother Vic. After that he had many jobs over the years but always had time to farm. Most of these jobs involved his passion for fixing things. At these jobs he met many lifelong...

  • Beatrice Darlene (Beck) Kane

    Jun 21, 2023

    Beatrice Darlene (Beck) Kane passed away December 16, 2022, in Helena. Bea wished for a summer funeral. Services will be held on July 8, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Saint Margaret Mary's Catholic Church at 400 Johannes in Big Sandy with a Luncheon to follow. A private Interment will follow at the family ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains. Bea was born to Adolf and Hilda (Weidmer) Beck in Havre on June 3rd,1936. The third of seven children, she was raised on the family farm three miles west of...

  • Charles Lee Schilling

    Jun 21, 2023

    Charles Lee Schilling was the 2nd child born to Ervin (Bud) and Helen Marker Schilling on September 14, 1946 at Harlem Hospital and Clinic in Harlem, MT. Chuck attended school in Harlem, graduating in 1966. Chuck was a mechanic and also painted cars. Around 1978 to 1982, they bought the spa in Zurich. Chuck redid the basement at the spa and held many dances and Azure reunion/get togethers there. They moved back to Harlem in 1983. He started "C and I Painting" in his garage, fixing cars and...

  • Gary Wallace Heilig

    Jun 21, 2023

    Gary Wallace Heilig, 80, passed away peacefully early on June 14th, 2023. He was born August 21, 1942 in Havre, MT to Vernon V. Heilig and Montana McDonald Heilig. He was the third of eight children and grew up on a family farm south of Turner, MT. He graduated from Turner High School in 1960 and left that fall to stay with his oldest brother, Lavern and his wife, Anne in Oxnard, CA. Gary then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent two years in Anchorage, AK and one year in Texas. He then...

  • Larina Marie (Blackbird) Walker

    Jun 21, 2023

    Larina Marie (Blackbird) Walker of Fort Belknap was born on October 5, 1975 in Glasgow, MT to Mary Kay (Johnson) White and Rodger Wells. Adopted father Edwin (Beebles) Nicholson. Larina attended Flandreau in South Dakota. She met her husband in Fort Belknap in 1996. To this union, 2 children were born Danielle and Chaysen Walker. She also cared for her niece Tyla Johnson and Danity Walker. She worked for the majority of her life including Housing, Albertsons, and numerous other jobs. If she...

  • Chinook Lions Swim well in Season Opener

    Kody Farmer|Jun 21, 2023

    The Chinook Lions Swim travelled to Plentywood the first weekend of June to get their 2023 summer swim season underway. Head coach Benton Elliot took a small contingent of swimmers to the season opening meet and all performed very well. The Lions had a couple of High Point award winners, and a number of personal best times were established as well. Leading the way was Daniel Tilleman who took home the top spot in all three of his individual events. First Daniel captured gold in the 50 Meter...

  • Church Gets a New Sidewalk

    Donna Miller|Jun 21, 2023

    In late May, Martin Construction, based in Hays, Montana, completed a sidewalk project for the American Lutheran Church located at 200 4th Street SE in Harlem. The sidewalk was dedicated on June 4 in memory of Elsie Hansen. According to church member Darwin Zellmer, the sidewalk was commissioned by the late Kim Hansen, who paid for the entire construction process using Memorial Money to honor the memory of his mother Elsie Hansen. Once completed, Pastor Will Rima-who serves the Harlem,...

  • Harlem Memorial Committee Receives Recognition for Preserving a Piece of History

    Donna Miller|Jun 21, 2023

    On June 11, the Harlem Airmen Memorial Committee was awarded with a medal and certificate from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Four members of the NSDAR Black Eagle–Assinniboine Chapter were on hand on Sunday to present the award to Harlem's Acting Mayor Rod Donahue and to Co-Committee Chairs Rod Becker and Darwin Zellmer. At the Award Ceremony, attended by approximately 45 people, a letter honoring the group was a...

  • Blaine County Cruise Slated for This Weekend

    Donna Miller|Jun 21, 2023

    The 12th Annual Blaine County Cruise is slated for this weekend. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Blaine County Fairgrounds’ Commercial Building on Friday, June 23, and Cruisers will depart Chinook at 9:00 on Saturday morning, June 24. In addition to registration on Friday evening, other events scheduled are a Scavenger Hunt when participants will respond to clues, return with their proof of participation, and earn points towards their overall score with challenges on the Cruise route. At each stop on the Cruise, participants engage i...

  • Flowers for Cheryl and Betty Lou

    Steve Edwards|Jun 21, 2023

    Cheryl Upshaw Barber succumbed to cancer in late 2021. Cheryl was a long time active member of the Chinook Presbyterian Church and known for her regular calls to folks wishing them to "Have a nice day." Cheryl's family asked if some of the memorials given to the church in her honor could be used to plant pink flowers at the church in her honor. It was common knowledge that pink was Cheryl's favorite color. About a year later in September, 2022 Betty Lou Barber Stender, Cheryl's mother-in-law, di...

  • Dorvin "Midge" Leo Gruszie

    Jun 21, 2023

    Dorvin “Midge” Leo Gruszie, passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2023 at her residence. She was 79 years old. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by her death. Midge was born on April 7, 1944, to Frances and Pauline Leo in Zurich, Montana. Midge graduated from Chinook High School in 1962. She and Wesley started dating in 1964 and were married on July 10, 1965. They were married for 49 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Midge enjoyed many jobs over the years from waitressing to working retail. She was a talented hom... Full story