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  • Glasgow Middle School harriers close out season at Harlem Invitational

    Andrew McKean, Freelance Writer|Oct 20, 2021

    Glasgow Middle Schools cross country squad closed out the season with fast times and high places at the Harlem Invitational meet last Friday. Both teams finished second to strong Havre squads, but Scottie runners brought home plenty of hardware and posted seven individual season records on the fast, flat course at Harlem’s golf course. The Scottie boys tallied 80 team points, placing them behind Havre’s 30 points. The Glasgow middle schoolers were led by Garrett Thompson, who placed third with a new season record of 10:11 for the 1.55-mile cou...

  • Helena Tries to Circumvent Public Input on Wildlife Mangement

    Andrew McKean, Guest Column|Mar 17, 2021

    Every two years, tens of thousands of Montana hunters gather in community centers, school cafeterias, and church basements to comment on proposed deer and elk hunting regulations. It's Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' biennial "season-setting" process, and I'm eternally surprised at the passion and knowledge that hunters bring to these meetings. They push back against department proposals to raise cow-elk permit quotas by as few as 25 tags. They alternatively admonish biologists to cut back or...

  • Glasgow Middle School Harriers Open Season in Wolf Point

    Andrew McKean, For the Courier|Sep 4, 2019

    Glasgow's Middle School cross country team opened what they hope to be an eight-race season with a good showing against other Hi-Line and North Dakota schools Aug. 30 in Wolf Point. Team-wise, the Scottie girls took second to a strong Poplar squad. The Glasgow boys finished in fifth place as a team. Individually, Glasgow's girls put all five scorers in the top 20. They were paced by seventh grader Abigail Kulczyk, who took fifth place overall with a time of 11:21. Eighth graders Emily See and...

  • GMS Track and Field Nearing Half-Way Point of Season,

    Andrew McKean, For the Courier|Apr 17, 2019

    The Glasgow Middle School track program is nearing the half-way point of its short season and is hosting its invitational meet this Thursday, April 18, at the Glasgow High School track. Field events get underway at 9 a.m. with running events scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Most Class B and Class C schools from the region plan to compete. The public is welcome and encouraged to come out to watch the junior Scotties. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and youth. The Glasgow Middle...

  • The Local Value of Wilderness

    Andrew McKean, Valley County Voices|Mar 21, 2018

    Local input is a hallmark of democracy. Good laws should and do bubble up from neighborhoods, country churches, and bar stools, just as bad ideas are often killed by the folks who have to live with the results. That’s why, if you’re running for public office, it’s a smart idea to say that you’re in support of local decisions. Imagine the alternative: “I’m from the distant government and I’m here to tell you how to live your life.” You probably wouldn’t win many votes. But that alternative is precisely what our lone U.S. Congressman, Greg...

  • Glasgow Middle School Boys Win Home XC Meet

    Andrew McKean, For the Courier|Sep 13, 2017

    Glasgow Middle School boys cross country runners swept the top four places at their home meet Sept. 8 to take first place in team rankings. The Scottie girls finished second to a strong Poplar team. The 1.5-mile race, which was held at Sullivan Park, featured teams from around the region. On the boys' side, 35 runners from Poplar, Plentywood, Frazer and Frontier competed. Colter Barnett took his second championship of the season, running the course in 9:25 to lead by nearly a minute. Blake Lloyd, Lane Thompson, and Ted Tryan finished second,...

  • Hi-Line Sportsmen Offers Mini-Grants

    Andrew McKean, For the Courier|Jul 19, 2017

    If you have an idea to improve hunting, fishing, access, or shooting sports in northeast Montana, Hi-Line Sportsmen wants to help fund it. The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation club is soliciting applications for its mini-grants program. The grants, in amounts up to $1,000 each, are intended to help improve outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. Examples of projects that are likely to be received favorably include those that expand public hunting and fishing access, promote recreational shooting and outdoor recreation of all types,...

  • Valley Co. High School Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship

    Andrew McKean, For the Courier|Jan 4, 2017

    All Valley County high school seniors are eligible to apply for a substantial college scholarship that will be awarded in February by the Hi-Line Sportsmen. Scholarship winners will be announced at the conservation group’s first-annual fundraising banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church’s parish hall in Glasgow. This is the third year the Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship will be presented to qualifying high school seniors. But it’s the first year that the scholarship is administered by the Hi-Line Sportsm...

  • First Middle School XC Meet: Boys Win, Girls Third

    Andrew McKean, For The Courier|Aug 31, 2016

    Glasgow Middle School boys extended a two-year winning streak by taking the team title Aug. 27 at the Poplar Invitational cross country meet. The Scotties won with 45 team points, out-distancing Plentywood, Poplar, Culbertson and a number of other teams that didn't field complete rosters. The Scottie girls took third place in the meet, behind the second-place finish by seventh-grader Iris McKean. Other top finishers for the Scotties included: Daley Aune, 15th; Stevie Hartwell, 17th; Ali Kuka,...

  • Middle School Tracksters Compete

    Andrew Mckean, For The Courier|Apr 20, 2016

    With springtime weather and availability of venues both frustrating schedules, pulling off a full middle school track meet is equal parts good timing and better luck. A number of area schools had both factors working in their favor last Saturday, at the Nashua Porcupine Invitational track meet held at Glasgow High School’s track. Glasgow’s thinclads turned out only 7th graders for the meet. The reason is that only 6th and 8th graders will compete at next week’s Culbertson Invitational, so allowing 7th graders to compete at Nashua’s meet gi...

  • Scholarship for Valley County High School Seniors

    Andrew McKean, For the Courier|Jan 6, 2016

    All Valley County high school seniors are eligible to apply for a substantial college scholarship that will be awarded in February by the Hi-Line Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Scholarship winners will be announced at the Hi-Line Gobblers’ 10th annual fundraising banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church Parish Hall in Glasgow. This is the second year the Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship will be presented to qualifying high school seniors; last year two $1,000 scholarships were awa...

  • A Secret Glimpse Into The Life Of Bill Aitken, A Land-Loving Neighbor

    Andrew McKean, Guest Opinion|Jan 15, 2014

    How well do we really know our neighbors? Or anyone outside the bounds of our own families, for that matter? I’ve been mulling the question on the occasion of the death of Bill Aitken, an institution in my particular neighborhood. He was such an icon around here that county roads, river points, and whole landscapes are named after his family. I knew Bill a little, mainly because I bought some of his family’s land. This is the nature of rural neighbors everywhere: we all know one another. A little. But that’s also the point of my inquiry: the v...

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