It Happened in 2012 July-Dec.
The Corurier Recaps Our Area's Nws of the Year
Published: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
BNSF and local officials met in Nashua to discuss the problem of trains blocking the railroad crossing … Sylvan Walden, who ranches with her husband, Bob, south of Fort Peck in McCone County, was featured on the cover of Montana Woman magazine … BNSF said a “warp” of the track caused several cars of a freight train to derail 2 miles west of Saco … The Glasgow School Board welcomed Bob Connors, the new superintendent of schools … Norm Sillerud and JR Rasmusan, both of Glasgow, caught 41.52 pounds of fish to win the 25th Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck Lake … The multi-car derailment of a freight train west of Frazer closed U.S. 2 as well as the BNSF rail line … A thunderstorm dumped a record 1.03 inches of rain on Glasgow on July 23, bringing total precipitation for the year to 10.07 inches, more than 2.5 inches higher than normal. The northern tier of Montana was one of the few parts of the country that was not in a drought … The 484th MP Co., the Montana Army National Guard unit from Malta, Glasgow and Billings, assumed authority for their assigned battle space in Kandahar City, Afghanistan … Joseph Braaten, 9, died after his bicycle was hit by a pickup at an intersection … More than 200 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered at the Valley Event Center during a visit from the Montana Spay-Neuter Task Force … Sillerud and Rasmusan repeated their fishing prowess and won the Hell Creek Tournament … The Glasgow Reds baseball team placed second at District to qualify for State...The Hi-Line 15U All-Star team won state and advanced to the regional tournament in Kelso, Wash.
Glasgow’s Wokal Field was closed for reconstruction for about three weeks, the first complete renovation since it was built in 1942. Silver Airways suspended flights to Billings, although service was available from Wolf Point … The NWS Doppler radar was upgraded to use new technology known as dual polarization, giving meteorologists a better understanding of what type of precipitation is out there...For the second year in a row, Jan Pankratz and Shelley Keller of Lustre won the Glasgow/Fort Peck Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited Women’s Walleye Tournament … The Glasgow Reds placed second at state and moved on to Regionals in Billings … The Kiwanis swim team performed so well at the divisional meet, they got bumped up into the AA division for state competition … Nearly 23,000 comments were collected by FWP during its bison conservation and management scoping effort, an unprecedented amount of public interest … TransCanada didn’t have a presidential permit yet for its Keystone XL pipeline, but it was coordinating with county officials on the use of roads and also sites for pipeyards … The Northeast Montana Fair opened with a Tough Enough to Wear Pink presentation of floating lanterns after the first night of rodeo...In the powerful Class AA state swim meet, Khloe Krumwiede won three races and high point in her age division, breaking pool records. Glasgow also won the girls’ 11-12 200 free and 200 medley relays … The 28 teams in the Northeast Montana Relay for Life raised $66,857 for cancer research … Matthew Black Eagle pleaded guilty in federal court in Great Falls to storing hazardous waste without a permit on tribal land on the Fort Peck Reservation … Pacific Steel & Recycling added old computer parts to their list of recyclables … Justin Leatherberry, 15, of Hinsdale was killed and three other young people were injured in a rollover crash on a gravel road … American Prairie Reserve, a conservation organization working to build a wildlife reserve with free-roaming bison, bought the 150,000-acre South Ranch in south Valley County from Page Whitham Land and Cattle. The family will continue to operate the ranch under a lease … The Glasgow City Council voted a second time to sign a joint city/county resolution that would create a special improvement district to fund a new Glasgow Aquatic Center. To go into effect, the joint resolution would also have to be signed by the Valley County commissioners … Many towns sent help to quell a fire in Oswego that burned 2,300 acres and an old elevator. No occupied homes were destroyed … The Missouri/Milk River chapter of Ducks Unlimited was voted Most Outstanding Montana Chapter for the second year in a row.
The Corps of Engineers held a public meeting to discuss charging for reservoir water storage … BNSF has increased capacity to enable the railroad to haul 1 million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin … Eurasian watermilfoil, discovered on Fort Peck Lake in 2010, has spread to nearly 70 sites on the lake … Shirley Trang, general manager of KLTZ/KLAN, was inducted into the Society of Montana Broadcast Legends … Dan Carr was appointed to the Glasgow City Council to fill the term of Norm Girard, who resigned … After seven years of work, the Aquatic Board was back to square one when the Valley County commissioners defeated a resolution to set up a special improvement district to finance a new $1.5 million aquatic center … The new Shopko store opened, after a four-month conversion process at the former Pamida store … Eugene’s Pizza celebrated its 50th year with a party and music … At least nine Yellowstone bison recently released into a large pasture on the Fort Peck Reservation were killed in a fire that burned about 11,000 acres … FMDH received a $160,000 grant to help buy a 3-D digital tomography mammography machine … The Corps of Engineers conducted flow tests of the Fort Peck spillway to determine whether it was damaged during the record water releases during the flood of 2011...In a study of Montana’s 25 largest cities, Glasgow ranked third overall in friendliness to business and was tops among small cities … Bonnie Bridle of Malta died in a rollover crash 5 miles east of Glasgow.
The Valley County jail accepted six prisoners from the Miles City detention center, the first to arrive under a contract to board in Glasgow...Nashua residents at a public meeting were divided about a proposed solution to the chronic blockage of the only rail crossing in town. The Department of Transportation offered to alter the Hwy. 117 rehab plan scheduled for next year to include an overpass … Tom Klotz tendered his resignation after more than 20 years as administrator of Valley View Home … About 70 landowners in Valley and Phillips counties protested FWP’s relocation of Yellowstone bison to northeast Montana by closing their land to hunting … Mary Helland was elected president of the Valley County Historical Society … The Glasgow School Board revised its policy to make drug testing of students in extracurricular activities random during the year … The Scottie girls’ cross country team won their third straight state title, 15 in all, and the boys placed third … Ray Dolin, the hitchhiker who falsely claimed he was shot by a man west of Glasgow, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, making a false report and obstructing a peace officer … Cam Shipp, sanitarian for three counties in northeastern Montana, was given the Outstanding Sanitarian Award by the Montana Environmental Health Association … The Corps of Engineers awarded $56 million for six projects at Fort Peck Dam to repair damage from the flood of 2011 … The final total raised by the Northeast Montana Relay for Life was $71,206, the second-highest relay in the 12-state division.
On its 100th anniversary, Opheim Lutheran Church celebrated its venture with the Methodist church in Opheim, joining to make a viable church community, according to Jessica Christ, bishop of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America … Bruce Peterson was re-elected Valley County commissioner, defeating write-in candidate John Fahlgren … A three-day storm dropped freezing rain and a total of 12.3 inches of snow on Glasgow, plus very cold air … The winter storm made roads a slippery mess and caused three wrecks of semi-trailers on U.S. 2 between Saco and Hinsdale, one involving a load of bombs headed for Minot AFB … President Betty Stone, Vice President Lacey Brelje and executive director Michelle Tade were named the new leaders of Two Rivers Economic Growth … Glasgow hired the engineering firm DJ&A to direct its growth policy project … The Glasgow School District’s Building Committee said Irle School, built in 1958, cannot be properly repaired. They proposed a new K-5 school on the current site...Pat Gunderson, supervisor of FWP Region 6, retired from his 23-year FWP career and immediately became manager of the BLM’s Glasgow Field Office … FWP staff collected nearly 575,000 Chinook salmon eggs at Fort Peck Lake, not a record, but about double the eggs collected last year … Nashua decided to take up the state Department of Transportation on its offer to build an overpass over the railroad tracks … FEMA will pay up to $750,000 to replace the Canal Road bridge west of Glasgow, washed away by flood water in 2011 … In 13 years, the Valley County Community Foundation has given $102,000 to dozens of local organizations and college students … Willie Thibault was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Northeast Montana Athletic Directors Association.
The Glasgow City Council voted to pay the chief of the volunteer fire department $500 a quarter...Volunteers placed a large stone on U.S. 2 at the west end of town. It was engraved “Welcome to Glasgow” … Vandals damaged bathrooms, showers, and lighting in the outdoor theater at the Downstream Campground in Fort Peck, to the tune of $10,000 to $20,000 … Another vandalism incident was mail boxes broken open at the Fort Peck Post Office … The Glasgow High School Educational Trust received a gift of $10,000 from Gayle Wagenhals Sage in memory of her parents, Richard and Mary Lou Wagenhals … Valley County Commissioner Dave Pippin was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners for 2013, replacing Commissioner Bruce Peterson … The Glasgow School Board announced plans to put grades K-5 in a new Irle School building, have grades 6 through 8 at East Side and return the high school to 9-12. Voters will be asked to approve two bonds totaling $18.5 million for school construction … Proceeds from the first “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event at the summer rodeo, $3,000, was given to FMDH to update the mammography room … Roubie Younkin, Valley County Extension agent, was honored with the Achievement in Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents … Churches in Glasgow and Hinsdale rang their bells 26 times in memory of the children and educators killed in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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