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  • Nemont Manor Residents Awakened by Fire

    Dane Osen, For the Courier|Dec 6, 2017

    Early Saturday morning firefighters responded to an incident at Nemont Manor. The fire originated from a faulty furnace located in the basement. Although it was quickly extinguished, the smoke from the small blaze filled the building's basement and most of the lobby. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire but due to the smoke several residents were evacuated from the premises while the smoke cleared. The residents were taken to the Milk River Activity Center by the Valley County...

  • No Sale on Magruder Property

    Dane Osen, For the Courier|Nov 1, 2017

    After failing to sell at auction Oct. 25, the Magruder property remains available. The property is composed of three lots located on the south side of town along Highway 42. The property was the longtime home to the Farmer’s Market. Valley County Commissioners are still looking to sell the property, considering offers at least $35,000, which is 70 percent of the opening bid at the recent auction. The property is zoned for commercial use and was appraised recently with a market value of $50,000....

  • Welcoming Casterline Family Chiropractic

    Dane Osen, For the Courier|Oct 18, 2017

    Opening its doors in July, Casterline Family Chiropractic is the newest chiropractic clinic in town. "Awesome," was the response that Dr. Brittne Casterline gave when asked how business was going. It's also a common response from her patients as well. Dr. Casterline became interested in chiropractic care while playing softball in college. The team's trainer was also a chiropractor and with weekly appointments, he helped her with her injuries. The experience made a mark on her so she decided to...

  • County News:

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Oct 4, 2017

    As a result of cooler and wetter conditions, fire restrictions are no longer in stage one in Valley County. Commissioners stated that changes reducing fire restrictions have also taken place across several of the other surrounding counties as well. Officials from the Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) paid a visit to the County recently. The visit was made to observe progress made to the construction of a bridge west of Hinsdale over Beaver Creek that helped to fund. City Court has also moved into its new location at the Valley County...

  • County Brief:

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Sep 27, 2017

    The decision to auction off the Magruder property was approved to be sold last week by the Valley County Commissioners. The parcel of land, located on the south side of town along MT Highway 42, was utilized as the home to the local farmer’s market. The plot will be sold at an auction taking place in the lobby at the Valley County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 a.m. Commissioners also decided in favor of an increase in the clothing allowance and differential pay for the Valley County Sheriff’s Office. The clothing allowance was inc...

  • County Brief:

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Sep 13, 2017

    Valley County Commissioners decided last week to have the Magruder property appraised and to possibly auction off the property. The long time home for the farmer’s market was acquired by the county as tax deed land. The county had offered the land to the city, which declined to take it for unspecified reasons. The farmer’s market will still continue after the property is sold at auction and will take place at the fairgrounds, who is eager to accommodate them. City Court will be relocating to a new location in the basement of the courthouse ann...

  • Caution Urged as County Road Projects Continue

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Aug 30, 2017

    With several projects across the county currently in progress, drivers are being urged to keep an eye out and obey traffic signs. Crews have reported several instances where vehicles have drove past barriers and signs indicating road closures. Neglecting to follow construction signs can put workers at risk for injury, job site delays, result in traffic citations and could cause damage to your vehicle. Valley County Commissioners announced that they have approved the paving of a small stretch of...

  • County Brief: Landfill Board Meeting Addresses Policy Changes

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Aug 23, 2017

    Construction will soon begin on a new bridge just west of Hinsdale. Due to begin on Aug. 28, the project will replace the bridge over Beaver Creek on Milk River Road. The contract will be carried out by Tamietti Construction of Great Falls. The bulk of the project will be completed by Nov. 26, and the crew will have the bridge finished sometime in December. Ballots have been sent out for an upcoming election concerning mills to aid Valley View Nursing Home. The proposed 10-mill levy over two years will offset the deficit between the cost that...

  • Sailors Conquer Wind and Waves at Annual Regatta

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Aug 16, 2017

    The weather on the lake this past weekend, Aug. 12-13, provided sailors with a wide variety of conditions to compete in. At its most challenging, they battled 4-foot rolling waves as they attempted to harness winds that gusted to 30 miles per hour on Saturday. The strong wind and waves were difficult to handle for smaller vessels and at one point a competitor in a Laser capsized. The winds varied throughout the day, and eventually would die down to the point that they were too weak to carry...

  • County Brief

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Aug 2, 2017

    Last week Valley County Commissioners met with people from the Keystone Pipeline and discussed new developments on the project and updates on their plan for the area. Some of the plans include improvements being made to three county roads that the company plans to use regularly in Valley County. These roads include Burns Road, Britsch Road and Bear Creek Road. Commissioners stated that the keystone officials stated there are plans to put man camps near Hinsdale located off of Burns Road and another one located 2 or 3 miles north of Park Grove,...

  • Police Charge Man With Arson

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Aug 2, 2017

    The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a fire at the La Casa Hotel on Friday. When they arrived they discovered that someone had started a gas can on fire and luckily the flames were nearly out. The small blaze caused some damage to the building, burning the window casing on one of the rooms. The suspect, Melvin Thompson, had fled the scene on foot heading east, and was apprehended by the Glasgow Police Department near the Holiday. While making the arrest, officers discovered that Thompson had been drinking and was highly intoxicated. He now...

  • Agencies Combine Efforts During Fair

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jul 26, 2017

    Glasgow Police Department and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office will join forces again this year during the Northeast Montana Fair. The combined efforts of these two agencies will be to saturate the area in hopes of deterring underage drinking by limiting the opportunity and the acceptance during the fair’s activities. Officers will also patrol special events during the fair and have DUI patrols around Glasgow. These agencies will have a consistent daytime presence at the fairgrounds as the Valley County Sheriff’s Office will maintain an offic...

  • Commissioners Approve Airport Road Project, Turn Down Raises

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jul 19, 2017

    After recently announcing they will be accepting bids for a project that will span 1.8 miles of Airport Road, Valley County Commissioners have accepted the offer made by sole bidder Century Paving of Lewistown. The company’s bid of $774,477 will cover leveling and a 2-inch overlay running a 1.8 mile span of Airport Road, spanning from Ezzie’s Westend to the junction next to the high school. This project will also include chip sealing on 7th Ave. N., from near the northern most house to the intersection with Airport Road. The proposed imp...

  • Law Enforcement Brief: Crash Fatality, Computer Scammers, Nix

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jul 12, 2017

    On July 6, law enforcement responded to a two vehicle accident outside of Glasgow that resulted in a fatality. Valley County Sheriffs discovered a head-on collision near mile marker 546, roughly three miles east of Glasgow. Emergency medical services also responded to the scene and both occupants were transported to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Fatally wounded during the accident was 59- year-old Valley County resident Keith Wynegar. Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office are currently conducting an investigation i...

  • New Protections for Victims

    Dane Osen, Felonious Monk|Jul 12, 2017

    Governor Steve Bullock signed four bills on July 10 aimed to better protect victims of sexual assault. Senate Bills 22 and 26, sponsored by Senator Sue Malek and SBs 29 and 30, sponsored by Senator Diane Sands, provide a process for terminating rights of parents who committed rape, as well as making revisions to the requirements of registeration for sexual and violent offenses. Also accomplished was the elimination of the requirement that sexual assault involve force for it to legally be defined as rape, and an increased statute of limitations...

  • Glen Meier Receives Award for Distinguished Service

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 28, 2017

    With a total of 42 years of law enforcement under his belt, former Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier received an award for Distinguished Service. The lawman was presented the award at a Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association conference in Helena on June 15. Serving as Sheriff of Valley County for 14 years, Meier commented, “It’s nice to recognize someone who puts the service and time in the community. I am honored to receive this award.” Also during the convention, Phillips County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Guderjahn was awarded Officer O...

  • County Brief: Bids, Board Appointees Named

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 28, 2017

    Valley County Commissioners had an eventful discussion and decision meeting on June 21. During the meeting, they approved a couple of bids and the appointment of individuals to various county boards. The first bid the commissioners approved was a bid by Perfect 10 Roofing to rebuild the roof on the Courthouse. Their bid of $156,000 was accepted and construction is due to begin in mid-July and be completed in August. The bid submitted by Zerbe Brothers for two tractors was also accepted. The tractors will be used by the Valley County Road...

  • Changes in City Ordinance Permit Use of Certain Fireworks Within City Limits

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 21, 2017

    Changes made to the city ordinance concerning fireworks will make life easier for both citizens and officers around Glasgow on July 4. The change allows citizens to fire off their fireworks from 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., between July 3 and July 5, and also allows for New Year’s celebration fireworks from 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., on Dec. 31. The revision to the city ordinance will allow officers to focus on citizens setting off artillery shells and the like within city limits, instead of children using sparklers and lighting of black cats. T...

  • Ezzie's Midtown Grand Opening on June 28

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 21, 2017

    With remodeling done to their c-store and gas station, Ezzie’s will be holding a grand opening on June 28 to celebrate its completion and showcase the new store to customers. The extensive renovation, which began last winter, has expanded the store, adding more floor space, a bigger cooler, increased parking and state of the art fuel pumps that have televisions to keep you entertained while refueling. The added floor space allowed the store to expand their deli, making more room for a hot dog machine, a sandwich display and a milk shake machine...

  • GPD Reminds Motorists of Speed Limit by Civic Center

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 14, 2017

    With summer programs in full swing at the Civic Center and kids looking to beat the heat in the swimming pool, traffic has increased downtown. The Glasgow Police Department would like to remind drivers that there is a 15 mph speed limit on the two blocks that run past the pool and the Civic Center. Drivers are also encouraged to be cautious and keep an eye out for children that may cross the street coming to or from summer activities in the area....

  • Tour de Prairie Helps to Tighten Up Bike Safety

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 7, 2017

    On June 4, Glasgow had its first bicycle rally, the Tour de Prairie. The summer bike tour of Glasgow enrolled 27 kids and 24 adults who rode their bikes along the tour's route, and afterwards gathered at the Busted Knuckle for refreshments. Children who participated in the rally had a particularly good time, as the Glasgow Fire Department set up a fire hose on their ladder truck, making a giant sprinkler to cool the children down as they completed their laps around town. The Glasgow Police...

  • Hi-Line Ford Peanut Butter Drive Benefits Local Food Bank

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Jun 7, 2017

    For the past four years, Hi-Line Ford has orchestrated a peanut butter drive to benefit needy families in the area. Hi-Line Ford raises awareness to the cause with advertisements with local media and by contacting local dealers for donations. This year, through efforts made by Hi-Line Ford and the Valley County Food Bank, there was 204 pounds of peanut butter donated. Peanut butter is an important staple for local families to have, especially during the summer time when children are out of...

  • Law Enforcement Brief

    Dane Osen, The Courier|May 31, 2017

    It was a quiet weekend for local law enforcement. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office reported that over graduation weekend their concern is usually fatalities and there were none reported. The Glasgow Police Department also wants to remind pet owners that they, along with the Valley Veterinary Clinic, will be offering immunizations and licensing for pets in the area at the city’s South Side Firehall. The clinic will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Friday, June 2, and from 9 to 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 3. Licenses will cost $5 for neu...

  • County Brief

    Dane Osen, The Courier|May 31, 2017

    A lot of road construction projects across the county are now one step closer to being accomplished after this week’s discussion and decision meeting at the Valley County Commissioners' office. The first project that the commissioners gave the go-ahead on was a bridge over Beaver Creek on Milk River Road, located just west of Hinsdale. After consulting with Great West Engineering Firm, whom designed the plan, the commissioners approved the bid of $717,131.25 made by Tamietti Construction. The county will perform the dirt and road work as w...

  • Special Election Set for Thursday

    Dane Osen, The Courier|May 24, 2017

    Election Day for the special election for Montana’s at-large congressional district is set for Thursday, May 25. This will be the first election held since the recent change in voting districts in Valley County, where voting districts were aligned with house districts and the number of precincts were reduced to three. All in-person voting, no matter where you reside in Valley County, will now take place at the Glasgow Civic Center. Valley County Clerk and Recorder Lynn Nyquist also added that they will be hand-tallying the votes for the e...

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