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  • Government Shutdown Impacts Local Farmers and Workers

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    With the farm bill being signed into law by President Trump reauthorizing a number of programs to help farmers and ranchers get back on their feet, receiving word the second round of direct payments for those who were affected by the trade war with China were going to be distributed and resolutions were being made between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, farmers seemed like their luck was turning around as 2018 came to an end. However when the government shutdown as a result of lapse in funding, direct payments for farmers who haven’t yet c...

  • Former Undersheriff Faces Rape Charge

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    On Dec. 26, the Montana Department of Justice amended charges against former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen adding the charge of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent, a felony. Strommen has already been charged with the offense of Sexual Abuse of a Child, a felony, as a result of allegations of improprieties of a sexual nature with a 17-year-old victim four years ago. Strommen pled not guilty to that charge in District Court on Oct. 16. According to the amended court documents, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was contacted in...

  • Buerkle Hangs Up His Hat

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    Retiring Sheriff Verne Buerkle hadn't always wanted to be a cop. He just always was a cop. After sitting through a presentation from the then Glendive Chief of Police Gary Olson during his high school career day in Southeast Montana, Buerkle thought, "You know what, that's something I'd be interested in." That thought would translate into a 46-year long career in public service culminating in his being appointed Sheriff of Valley County in 2017. Initially, Buerkle enlisted in the Army in 1972...

  • Opheim Grad Leads Mont. FFA Foundation

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    Opheim graduate Gwynn Simeniuk has been recently selected as the new executive director for the Montana FFA Foundation, taking the new post effective Jan. 1. Her primary role will be to continue to build relationships throughout the state to raise funds and provide leadership programming for FFA students and teachers throughout the state. "I am very excited for this new opportunity and can't wait to hit the ground running," said Simeniuk. Simeniuk is not new to the Montana FFA Foundation, as...

  • Teaching to the Highest Degree without a Degree

    Rachel Sigmundstad, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    When I sat down to interview Luree Green-Chappell in her home over Christmas break, we met in her dining room amidst a flurry of dogs and kids. Green-Chappell is the Swing Choir director at Glasgow High School, the accompanist for the middle and high school choirs, and a recurring music director/band leader at Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Looking around her house, it is no secret that music plays a large part in her life. The walls are lined with musical instruments and memorabilia with the dining...

  • Changing House Rules Will Weaken Checks & Balances

    Jan 2, 2019

    Dear Editor, As former House Speakers and Senate Presidents of the Montana Legislature, we question the wisdom of making significant changes to the rules of operation in the Montana House. Currently, there is a group of legislators trying to change the House rules. One of the proposed changes would allow a simple majority (51 members) to "blast" a bill out of committee and on to the House floor. Their logic is that the Montana Senate operates under simple majority rules so the House should...

  • Ag Advocates: Be There for Your Lawmakers

    Chelcie Cargill, Montana Farm Bureau Federation|Jan 2, 2019

    The Montana Legislature is set to convene Jan. 7, in Helena. Similar to the 2017 session, the state’s budget is set to experience another round of belt tightening. Money will be tight, but the policy agendas will be plentiful. Legislators will be forced to make tough decisions between balancing a realistic budget and potentially slashing programs and policies or making law changes to accomplish that. A tight budget year makes the job of lobbying for Montana’s farm and ranch families challenging. Our top priority will be protecting existing fun...

  • Veteran Service Officers Coming to Glasgow and Malta

    Steve Mulonet, For the Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    Judy Loendorf and/or Steve Mulonet, service officers for the Montana Veterans Affairs will be visiting Malta and Glasgow to meet with veterans who are interested in applying for benefits. If you are interested in applying for benefits, please bring a copy of your discharge paperwork (DD214) with you. Service officers will be in Glasgow on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Glasgow VA Clinic. They will also be in Malta on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Malta City Hall. If bad weather exists on days of travel, stay... Full story

  • Glasgow Kiwanis Club Membership Drive

    Charles Wilson, For the Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    The Glasgow Kiwanis Club is inviting service-minded community members to come and join us. Come Wednesday, Jan. 9, to our membership drive meeting at noon at Sam and Jeff’s and enjoy food and fellowship while also learning how you can benefit by joining our service organization. Kiwanis was formed in Glasgow in 1923 and is part of the Montana District of Kiwanis and Kiwanis International. Our motto is: Serving the Children of the World with our emphasis being on youth. We sponsor and support the Glasgow Kiwanis Swim Team, the Glasgow High S... Full story

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Jan 2, 2019

    The Valley County Pioneer Museum will be closed the month of January and resume open hours of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., starting Feb. 3. For further information or special arrangements call 406-263-7344. FRIDAY – JAN. 4 8-11:30 p.m. - Johnny Holm Band at the Glasgow Civic Center. SATURDAY – JAN. 5 7 - 10 a.m. - Valley County Senior Citizens serve breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Cost is $5 per person or $7.50 for those with big appetites. SUNDAY – JAN. 6 1 – 3 p.m. - Roller Skating at the Nashua Civic Center... Full story

  • Eva Irene Main

    Jan 2, 2019

    Eva Irene Main went home to heaven on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at the age of 94. She was born Oct. 11, 1924, in Dupree, S.D. She was the daughter of Claude and Ella (Lammert) Main. She grew up on the family farm north of Dupree. She attended eight years of elementary school at the Main School and in May of 1942 she graduated from the Dupree High School. The following summer she attended the Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish. After several years of teaching, Eva returned to college and... Full story

  • Elizabeth Reddig Friesen

    Jan 2, 2019

    On Oct. 30, 2018, at the age of 105, Elizabeth (Born) Friesen moved from Nemont Manor to Valley View. Her desire to be home with Jesus was granted and she passed away less than two months later on the morning of Christmas Day, 2018. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10:30 a.m., at Glasgow Evangelical Church with a reception following. Burial will follow at Lustre Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Lustre, Mont. She was born on Feb. 15, 1913, in Omsk, Russia, to Jacob and Katarina... Full story

  • Agnes Florence Dorothy Erickson

    Jan 2, 2019

    Agnes Florence Dorothy (Kegel) Erickson, age 91, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at the Phillips County Hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Saco Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Reitan Cemetery, north of Saco, Mont. Agnes was born April 14, 1927, to Charles and Anna (Houska) Kegel in Turner, Mont. She was the youngest of 10 children. Mom attended Little Jewell School, Turner High School and Northern Montana College. Upon graduation, she worked as a bo... Full story

  • Marie Olive Ostrem

    Jan 2, 2019

    Marie Olive (Tarum) Ostrem, 89, passed away in her home in Shelby, Mont., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church with burial in Highland Cemetery. Luncheon to follow. She was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Somers, Mont., to Mentz and Olga (Lee) Overby. In high school, she and her friends raised enough money to build the first cabin at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. After a year at Pacific Lutheran University, she came to... Full story

  • Sylvia Bernice Wetz

    Jan 2, 2019

    Sylvia Bernice (Dobyns) Wetz, 93, of Spearfish, Mont., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Rapid City, S.D., surrounded by family after a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 17, 1925, the oldest of eight children born to Clement and Edna (Bennett) Dobyns at Oshkosh, Neb. She moved with her family to the Newell/Vale/Nisland area as a child. She graduated from Vale High School in 1943 as salutatorian of her class. She began her teaching career on a six-week certificate from Spearfish Normal... Full story

  • Scottie Wrestling Wraps up First Half of Season

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    The Scottie wrestlers hosted Poplar and Malta in a triangular dual on Dec. 21, then traveled to Sidney to compete in the Sidney Invitational on Dec. 22. Glasgow easily defeated the visiting Indians and Mustangs, dropping just three matches the whole night. Head coach Jory Casterline said the boys had some good wins. "I'm really proud of how they wrestled at home," he said. "They wrestled with a lot of intensity and it was exciting to watch." It was much tougher when they took on the Eagles the...

  • High School Ice Dawgs Drop Two vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    Bozeman 6, Glasgow 3 12-29-18 Period 1 Goals: Ike Braaten assisted by Kaden Fossum Penalties: 0 Period 2 Goals: Garrett Lloyd assisted by Bridger Barnett and Nicholas Burke Penalties: Kaden Fossum, two minutes, slashing; Britt Fairclough, two minutes, tripping; Bridger Barnett, two minutes, high-sticking; Britt Fairclough, two minutes, hooking. Period 3 Goals: Noah Lipszyc assisted by Ike Braaten (power play) Penalties: Kaden Kummerfeldt, two minutes, unsportsmanlike conduct; Kaden Fossum, two...

  • Scotties Struggle to Earn Wins Against Poplar

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Jan 2, 2019

    The Glasgow Scotties were on the road to Poplar for a pair of games on Dec. 22. The Glasgow boys were on the court first. Despite a strong showing in the first quarter, the Scotties were unable to match the energy and teamwork of the Indians for the rest of the game and lost with a score of 73-41. The Lady Scotties came much closer to a win, but lost to the Lady Indians 43-42 in the final seconds of the contest. The Scotties will host Harlem on the court Friday, Jan. 4, then travel to Scobey to...

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