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Articles from the November 4, 2020 edition


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  • Chinook Volunteer Fire Department Protecting Blaine County Youth

    Donna Miller|Nov 4, 2020

    The Chinook Volunteer Fire Department, in partnership with Community Safety Net, is conducting a safety initiative for local children. The community program, Health Safety and Smart Choices for LIFE provides family resources to educate and protect young people. According to Fire Chief Kraig Hansen, the Chinook Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) has worked with Community Safety Net in the past, collaborating on a Fire Prevention program. However, with the pandemic a current concern, this...

  • Chinook Community Blood Drive - Nov. 10

    Carla Jenewein|Nov 4, 2020

    The Chinook community will be hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 from Noon to 6PM at Wallner Hall, 330 Ohio in Chinook. Appointments are highly encouraged by the American Red Cross. So, if you have not made an appointment to donate, you can go on-line at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-REDCROSS). However, walk-ins are always welcome. There will be walk-in availability throughout the day along with the scheduled appointments. Any healthy person age 18 (or age 16 or 17 with...

  • Body Farms: tending corpses, not crops

    Steve Edwards|Nov 4, 2020

    My wife and I live in the Grande Villa in Chinook and there is a tradition there among residents to put their unwanted items "on the bench." Each floor has a bench by the elevator, the place to leave items no longer wanted or to pick up something that catches the eye. I call the benches "the Mall of America." Recently I found a paperback titled "Cut to the Bone" by Jefferson Bass. I'd never heard of the author but from the title assumed it was a book about crime. Turns out the book was authored...

  • Montana SOS Office Releases 2020 Youth Vote Results

    Kody Farmer|Nov 4, 2020

    We all are fully aware that the 2020 Presidential Election took place on Tuesday. Governor, Senate and Ballot Initiatives were also voted on. For several election cycles now, the Montana Secretary of States (SOS) Office has conducted a Youth Vote on the topics being voted on in each Cycle. In a joint effort with the Office of Public instruction (OPI), students throughout the state were asked to take part. The SOS encouraged schools to participate in the vote. All students, kindergarten through grade 12, home school associations, private, and...

  • Hunter check stations, CWD sampling stations ready for general season

    For Immediate Release|Nov 4, 2020

    GLASGOW, HAVRE – Hunter check stations began operation across Montana last weekend and continue through the general rifle season with a few changes in protocol related to COVID -19 safety. The only continuous hunter check station in Region 6 (northeast Montana) is located a few miles east of Havre on Highway 2 and operates during daylight hours on Saturday and Sunday throughout the general season. In addition, wardens may also occasionally set up hunter check stations throughout the region at any time. Please remember that all hunters are r...

  • Journal Jots

    Nov 4, 2020

    Harlem Library The Book Challenge for November is to read a book about politics. Virtual Story Time is held each Tuesday at 10 A.M. via Facebook Live. The Book Club meets via Skype Mondays at 4 P.M. Call the library to be placed on the waiting list for mobile hotspots. The library now has an iPad available for checkout. The library will be closed Nov. 17-18 for staff training. Blaine County Library Mobile Hotspots available for checkout. After School Hangout for grades 7 & 8 Mondays at 3:30, Story Time Tuesdays at 10:30, After School Hangout...

  • Chinook City Council Agenda

    Nov 4, 2020

    CHINOOK CITY COUNCIL OCTOBER 10, 2020, at 7 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING AGENDA The City Council meets at 6:30 to review the monthly claims and reports. *Minor agenda changes may occur prior to the council meeting date, but no changes will be made after the required 48 hour public notice posting. Call To Order Pledge Of allegiance MINUTES CLAIMS & REPORTS PAYROLL CHECKS CANCELED CHECK(S) PUBLIC COMMENT DEPARTMENT REPORTS COMMITTEE REPORTS MAYOR’S REPORT CORRESPONDENCE Old BUSINESS: NEW BUSINESS: 1. Review and approve documents related to the Water D...

  • Chinook Public School Meeting Agenda

    Nov 4, 2020

    CHINOOK PUBLIC SCHOOL Meeting Agenda Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. - MEETING AGENDA At this meeting the board takes official action on agenda items. Items of information and discussion may be placed on the agenda, so the board has an opportunity to solicit input from the audience on issues not requiring action. Persons planning to attend the meeting may request, in advance, to be scheduled to speak on an agenda item. The board is bound by ethical practice, district policy, negotiated agreements and Montana statute to protect the...

  • Harlem City Council Agenda

    Nov 4, 2020

    HARLEM CITY COUNCIL Monday, November 9, 2020 • 6 P.M., Harlem City Hall The regular monthly meeting for the City of Harlem will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., in City Council chambers at Harlem City Hall. The public is encouraged and invited to attend. Please practice safe social distancing, Please wear a mask if planning on attending! *Minor agenda changes may occur prior to the council meeting date, but no changes will be made after the required 48 hour public notice posting. AGENDA ROLL CALL• PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE A. CON...

  • Notice from the City of Chinook

    Nov 4, 2020

    The City of Chinook is recommending that residents start running a small stream of water, about the size of a pencil, to keep water service lines from freezing. • During severely cold and long winters, frost depth can reach the depth of your service line. This typically occurs from November through March. • In early spring, it may seem warmer, but frost is still deep in the ground and will remain until regular overnight temperatures above freezing are reached. During an extended cold winter, the frost can reach depths that put service lin...

  • Region 6 Havre check station results after opening weekend of general hunting season

    For Immediate Release|Nov 4, 2020

    HAVRE – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Havre hunter check station was active over the weekend of general deer and elk opener (Oct. 24-25), with the number of hunters checked a little below average. This was the third weekend that the check station has been open, as the station began collecting data Oct. 10-11, for the opening weekend of pheasant and general antelope. “Hunter numbers were down slightly this weekend, likely due to the cold and snowy weather, and because of the youth deer hunt being a week earlier,” said Havre-area biologi...

  • Hogeland Happenings

    Jane Krass|Nov 4, 2020

    Crystal Grabofsky was over to Mom and Dad’s on Monday to make the last batch of salsa. Sharon Goodrich was over to visit Jane Krass on Wednesday. The ladies enjoyed tea together and the delicious cookies that Sharon brought. Loretta and Wally Beck were among the supper guests at the Mike Grabofsky home honoring Cassidy on her 14th birthday . Other guests included Rick Grabofsky, Matt, Sadie, Lucas, Abbie, and Zane Grabofsky ,and Danny, Maggie and Katie Kimmel. Happy Birthday Cassidy!! Susan Billmayer met up with the Call committee for the L...

  • Stuart C. "Scott" MacKenzie

    Nov 4, 2020

    Stuart C. "Scott" MacKenzie, 77, passed away on October 14, 2020 in Havre, MT at Northern Montana Hospital. Scott was born to Dr. D.S. and Marjorie MacKenzie in Rockford, IL in 1942 and raised in Havre, Montana, where he attended Devlin Elementary School and graduated from Havre High School in 1961. He went on to attend the University of Montana on a ROTC scholarship and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. While working as a "house boy" at the Tri Delta sorority, he met his future... Full story

  • Evelyn Katherine Nielsen Hedstrom

    Nov 4, 2020

    Evelyn Katherine Nielsen Hedstrom of Harlem, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children while the beloved hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" was playing softly. She went into the loving arms of Jesus and her family and friends that have been waiting for her to join them in their heavenly home. Family viewing-Friday October 9 from 5-7 pm at the Wilderness Funeral Home in Chinook. Graveside service-Saturday October 10 at 1 pm at the Silverbow Cemetery in Hogeland. Memorials may be sent to... Full story

  • Carol "Puddy" Lavallie

    Nov 4, 2020

    Carol "Puddy" LaVallie, Iron Woman, 65 passed away October 29, 2020 at Northern Montana Hospital from Covid 19. Visitation/viewing began at 8:00 pm on Sunday November 1, 2020 at the Wilderness Funeral Home in Chinook, MT. Graveside services was held at 11:00 am on Monday November 2, 2020 at the St. Paul Mission cemetery in Hays, MT. Wilderness Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Puddy was born on June 8, 1955, in Fort Belknap, MT to Edward George LaVallie Jr. and... Full story

  • Louie Shambo

    Nov 4, 2020

    Louie Shambo, 91 left this earth to be with our loving creator on October 24, 2020 due to COVID Complications at the Advanced Care Hospital in Billings, Mt. Louie was born on October 14, 1929 to Ed Shambo and Cecelia Sleeping Bear Shambo. He was born and raised in Hays and attended school at St. Paul's Mission. He worked for the Ft. Belknap Housing department as a maintenance work. *He purchased a school bus to travel back and forth from Hays to Harlem to work and also this helped his friends... Full story

  • Maxine Evelyn (Sand) Dronen

    Nov 4, 2020

    Maxine Evelyn (Sand) Dronen, 94, passed away from natural causes on October 26, 2020, surrounded by family at her home in Chinook, Montana. Services will be held at a later date. Max was born August 20, 1926 to Harold Olafson Sand and Florence Mae (Estby) Sand in Chinook. She was greeted by one sister and three brothers, and were later joined by another sister and brother. She grew up in the "north country", north of Chinook known as Elloam, and attended the Hiebert and Ripley country schools th... Full story

  • Lenora Meckle Roemmich

    Nov 4, 2020

    Lenora Meckle Roemmich, 90, left this world to be with our Savior ,October 30, 2020 and to meet up with all her loved ones who left this earth before her.. Lenora was born November 12, 1929, in Denhoff, North Dakota to Emanuel Meckle and Lydia Richter Meckle. Lenora married Henry Roemmich in 1945. Together they raised five children, Dorothy, Olivia Richard, Susan and Terry. Henry and Lenora moved to Malta, Montana in 1951. Later they moved to Chinook, Montana and lived there for many years. Leno... Full story

  • Mercedes Mary Snell

    Nov 4, 2020

    Mercedes Mary Snell "MZALLPA" Iron Appears made the choice to go home to be with her relatives over there, for there were no more roads left here to travel on this side. She said don't cry for me, I'm not suffering anymore, and that she had lived her life and she had a full life and asked all those she helped to remember what she said to you. She says there is a lesson in there. She was born February 3, 1943 in Lodge Pole, Montana to William Shields and Mary Violetta Matt, of this union she had... Full story

  • Mervin "Bo" Shields

    Nov 4, 2020

    "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep", Our beloved brother, uncle, relative and friend Mervin Lee Shields, went to be with his family and friends and loved ones on October 29, 2020. He is at peace now, no more aches, pains or suffering. He is an angel now. Bo was born on July 10, 1949 on Fort Belknap Montana, to William Shields and Mary Matt. Bo Loved to Hunt and fish with his family and friends. He started working for the Commodity Program in 1974 until his retirement of 44 years in 2018. In his... Full story

  • Victoria Johnson

    Nov 4, 2020

    Victoria, 67, passed away October 10, 2020 in Great Falls, MT. Vicki was born to Edgar B. Johnson and Bernice (Blackbird) Johnson. Vicky graduated from Harlem, Haskell, and from the University of Kansas. She worked several jobs on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation which included: Head Start, Housing, Miami, PHN, Central Third Party Billing. Retiring after 40+ yrs working for the Tribe. Vicki met Lloyd Jackson and helped him in raising his children. When she wasn't at work, you could find her... Full story

  • Curtis Lee Nez Perce

    Nov 4, 2020

    Curtis Lee Nez Perce, 62, passed away peacefully at Northern Montana Hospital in Havre on October 9, 2020. Curtis was born July 26, 1958, in Harlem at the Fort Belknap Indian Hospital, to Moses Nez Perce and Rose Mary (nee Walker) Nez Perce. Curtis was a gentle and loving man with sparkling dark eyes and a face that lit up when he smiled. His gentle manner made him a pleasure and a wonderful man to be around and have a good cup of coffee with while visiting. Curtis treasured spending time with friends; loved horses; going for a ride or to a... Full story

  • Chinook School Board discusses plenty at October Meeting

    Kody Farmer|Nov 4, 2020

    Chinook Public Schools held their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 3030. Present were Trustees Jamie MacLeod, Kevin Elias (ZOOM), Mitzi Cecrle (ZOOM-8:46PM), Daniel Dahl, Scott DePriest, Frank Billmayer, Russell Alisch, Shane Stroebe, and Vanessa Schoen. Welcomed visitors included Matt Molyneaux, Shane Bartschi, Kendall Harwood, Shandel Fouts, Rebecca Stroh, Tammy Jungers, Nathan Jungers, Cherie Edwards, Tammy Edwards, Chrissy Downs, Michael Jones, Emily Scofield, Sheena Barber, Kelsey Harry, Jill Paulsen, Linda...

  • Valley Clover 4-H Club Minutes

    Wacee Simenson|Nov 4, 2020

    The Valley Clovers 4-H Club had their first meeting of the new 4-H year on October 11th, and it was held at Walner Hall. Reports were given on the club’s participation with the Gun Show Concessions held at the fairgrounds, our window display that is currently displayed at the Blaine County Journal, and the NILE Merit heifer show. The club discussed the winter activity, and it was decided to go ice skating sometime in November. The club also decided to get new T-Shirts, so Rhonda Arnold will be creating our new design and we will have new s...

  • Big Flat Club Minutes

    Hannah Van Voast|Nov 4, 2020

    At the organizational 4-H meeting on October 18th, 2020 we elected officers and we played games. Hannah Richman called the meeting to order at 2:00pm. Hannah Van Voast led the American pledge and Natalie Richman led the 4-H pledge. Jessa read the minutes from the September meeting and they were approved. No Old Business. In New Business we elected officers and this is what we have: President: Hannah Richman Vice president: Natalie Richman and Colten Jorgenson Secretary: Jessa Schroder Treasurer: Hannah Richman Historian: Izzy Baker Reporter:...

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