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  • Ringing in the New Year with Record-Setting Cold

    Ginevra Kirkland, For The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    Record-breaking weather was set around the area this weekend. An Arctic airmass moved into the area on Dec. 30 and began to lift on Tuesday, Jan. 2. During that time, Glasgow’s high of -19 on New Years Day made it the coldest high ever recorded on that date. The previous coldest high on Jan 1 was -17 in 1928. The high of -20 on Dec 31, New Year’s Eve, was Glasgow coldest high since Feb 1, 2011, when the high was -21. For the last in important records set for the overall year: 2017 was officially the driest year on record for Glasgow with 6.6... Full story

  • Courthouse Square

    James Walling, The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    Balmy conditions on Jan. 2 had the usual suspects around Courthouse Square smiling. Commissioner Paul Tweten confirmed that Commissioner Bruce Peterson will continue as chairperson in 2018. All three commissioners were pleased to report that county roads are being cleared as usual, with minimal inconveniences and delays despite the record-setting cold. Commissioner Peterson and County Planner Renee Clampitt told the Courier that county residents waiting for channels 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 of the Valley County TV District to resume consistent... Full story

  • Strommen Receives Dan R. Taylor Award

    James Walling, The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen has received the Dan R. Taylor Award. Sheriff Vernon Buerkle told the Courier that Strommen, who has been with the department since 2009, was singled out for the numerous felony investigations he's played a role in, including Operation High Tide, which culminated in 17 felony arrests on drug charges in June, 2011. Buerkle also cited the Mary Strand case, on which Strommen teamed up with the FBI, and the Jay Witkowski homicide investigation. Strommen has... Full story

  • Literacy Raised, Chocolates Swapped

    James Walling, The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    Capitalizing on Toni Marie LaGree's goodwill and a bit of Icelandic lore, the Sean R. Heavey Gallery and The Loaded Toad in downtown Glasgow featured a white elephant book and chocolate swap on the afternoon of Dec. 23. The well-attended event was LaGree's brainchild, and she held court as the rules of the game were explained to the dozens of happy attendees who came out to show solidarity with area readers, the charms of chocolate, and increased literacy generally in a county with no brick and... Full story

  • Beekeeping Workshops

    Shelley Mills, MSU Extension, For The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    With increased awareness of the importance of pollinators, bees and beekeeping has become much more mainstream today than 30 years ago. Three workshops – Beginning Beekeeping, In the Bee Yard, and Harvesting and Winterizing, were held on Saturdays in March, May and September, respectively. Bee enthusiasts from five counties attended the day-long workshops which included lunch, demonstrations and door prizes. During the first workshop, participants learned the basics of bee biology, plants and planting for foraging bees, and how to manage b... Full story

  • Changes at the Gateway Club

    James Walling, The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    We all know how barren the dining scene can be in Valley County and elsewhere in the region, particularly with both Sam’s Supper Club and The Hanger closing up shop in Glasgow. So it’s big news that Fort Peck’s Gateway Club is running extremely smoothly as of December thanks to a change in management, new hours, and a new menu featuring hand cut steaks, quality seafood, and al dente veggies, etc., at an affordable price point. Beginning in December, owners Jaydee and Dustin Mortenson brought daughter Kaylee Mortenson on as general manag... Full story

  • New Year's Eve at the Valley Event Center

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Daryl Toews, Lustre, Mt.|Jan 3, 2018

    I would like to thank the Long Term Care Task Force for coming to Lustre to share their concerns and possible solutions. I would like to support this effort. There are two concerns that were not addressed with clarity: 1). Will the election of new board members to Valley View Home Board be open to the public and will it be able to address sloppy management quickly? Non-profit boards have a reputation of doing well for a short period of time and then quickly moving to sloppiness. This situation will happen again. 2). The idea of a 10 mil... Full story

  • Invasive Weed Strategies

    Ag Expertise, MSU Extension|Jan 3, 2018

    Narrow-leaf hawksbeard, a new invasive weed in northeastern Montana has become an increasing problem for area farmers and ranchers. Though technically a winter annual the weed has the ability to germinate whenever conditions are favorable, and can have several generations per year. It is extremely cold hardy and a prolific seed producer. It infests crops, rangeland, CRP, pastures, hay meadows and roadsides and waste areas. It has spread through six Montana Counties and into North Dakota. It is the Weed of the Year for North Dakota in 2018. Rese...

  • Republican Hopefuls

    Alec Carmichael, I Digress|Jan 3, 2018

    The year to come is an election year and as such it is a great year for politicians, pundits, campaign strategists and politically oriented columnists like yours truly. The rest of you, on the other hand, will be forced to suffer through campaign ads and political stumps (assuming any of the candidates visit Glasgow more than once this time around, but I digress). For those of you not as enthralled by the gladiator show that is primaries and general elections the following should catch you up on the Republican hopefuls for the Senate...

  • Trump's Gift

    James Shipman, Valley County Voices|Jan 3, 2018
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    After nearly a year in office, Donald Trump has finally achieved his first legislative victory. Just three days before Christmas, President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act into law. He describes it as a “big, beautiful Christmas gift” to the American people. Trump and Republicans claim this overhaul will put more money back into the pockets of ordinary Americans, stimulate growth, and create jobs. Which is a bold statement, especially since numerous analyses show that the legislation will ultimately raise taxes on millions in the mid...

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Jan 3, 2018

    THURSDAY – JAN. 4 9:30 a.m. - The Nashua Community is invited to the Ladies’ Coffee Hour every Thursday at the Nashua Senior Center. 5:30 p.m. - Basic Pressure Cooker class in the Community Room of the Valley County Courthouse. SATURDAY – JAN. 6 1 - 4 p.m. - 1st Annual Glasgow Elks Chili Cook-off. Free chili feed starts at 4 p.m. with the competition starting at 1 p.m. SUNDAY – JAN. 7 2 p.m. - Pinochle every 1st and 3rd Sunday at the Glasgow Senior Center. Everyone welcome. 10 a.m. - Episcopal Worship Service at 2 Lakeview Drive, St. Marie. Que... Full story

  • Elvin A. Olfert

    Jan 3, 2018

    Elvin A. Olfert was born on April 30, 1923, to Dietrich M. and Katharina (Franz) Olfert on the family homestead in Lustre, Mont.. He used to say he was a remarkable child, as he never fought with his brother. Actually, he only had four sisters. Elsie was older, and after him came Linda, Ethel and Marilyn. To keep the little one-room school open, he was enrolled in school before the age of 5. As he was pushed along, he developed a dislike for formal schooling and chose an early graduation before... Full story

  • Gladys O. Nybakken

    Jan 3, 2018

    Gladys O. (Opland) Nybakken passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at the Valley View Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for seven years. The daughter of Dedrick and Bentine Opland, she was born in Halstad, Minn., on Nov. 19, 1917. She was very proud of reaching her 100th birthday, which she celebrated with family and friends at the VVNH on Nov. 19, 2017. She grew up north of Nashua on various farmsteads and attended country schools. When she began high school, she stayed with other... Full story

  • Phillip Lee Gaudet

    Jan 3, 2018

    Phillip Lee Gaudet, 74, of Shelby Mont., passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in the comfort of his home. Memorial services are to be held in the spring of 2018. He was born in Box Elder, Mont., to Lucille Flatness and Felix Gaudet, and was raised by Alice and A.W. Hobbs, who he looked to as his mother and father. He lived most of his adult life in Glasgow, where he worked for Coca Cola. He moved to Shelby in 2006, where he spent the remainder of his years. He also served... Full story

  • Charlene Jo Fuhrmann

    Jan 3, 2018

    Charlene Jo Fuhrmann of Bremerton, Wash., passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the age of 71. She is survived by her loving husband, Archie; and five siblings. A memorial service will be held at Grace Community Church, 1305 Ironsides Ave., in Bremerton on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. An online memorial can be seen at www.lewischapel.com. Lewis Funeral Chapel and Paulsbo Mortuary in Bremerton are in charge of arrangements.... Full story

  • Eleanor H. Kolstad

    Jan 3, 2018

    Eleanor H. Kolstad, 94, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away peacefully, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Billings Deaconess Hospital. She was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Opheim, daughter to Axel and Hilda (Dahl) Watterud. She married Alfred Kolstad on Oct. 24, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Kolstad; six brothers, Leonard, Lester, Rudy, Myron, Donald and Glen Watterud; and two sisters, Evelyn W... Full story

  • Kayleigh A. Herbst

    Jan 3, 2018

    Kayleigh A. Herbst, granddaughter of Gary and Shiela Martin and daughter of Zonda Martin, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 2017, at the home of her grandparents in Tampico. No services are planned at this time. Cremation has taken place.... Full story

  • Julia Britsch

    Jan 3, 2018

    Julia Britsch, 95, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in her home. Services are pending at this time. A full obituary will be printed at a later date. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.... Full story

  • Another Year of Valley County Sports and Outstanding Athletes:

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    January: *Kasey Seyfert committed to playing baseball for Grays Harbor College in Washington State. Glasgow Courier, January 25, 2017 (“Three 406 Baseball Players Sign with Grays Harbor College.”) *Hardwood contest between the North Country Mavericks and the Brockton Warriors was cut short by officials after a run of technical fouls and the ejection of the Warrior coach. Glasgow Courier, January 25, 2017( “North Country Mavericks Defeat Brockton Warriors.”) *Three outstanding athletes were recognized as Hi-Line Ford’s Athlete of the Week: Lei... Full story

  • Bantam Ice Dawgs Split Games with Butte in Year-End Contests

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Jan 3, 2018

    The Bantam Ice Dawgs matched up against the Butte Copper City Kings in two home games Dec. 30 and 31. While Glasgow took the first game 10-6, the Kings were determined to make their trip worthwhile and defeated the Ice Dawgs 6-4 in the second game of the weekend. Game #1 (12-30-17) Glasgow 10, Butte 6 Period 1 Goals: Colter Barnett, unassisted; Colter Barnett assisted by Richard Lang III; Colter Barnett assisted by Roger Lang III Penalties: 0 Period 2 Goals: Colter Barnett assisted by Ian Peters... Full story

  • In The Net: Richard Lang III, 21 Saves

    Jan 3, 2018

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  • Hi-Line Farm and Ranch January 2018

    Jan 3, 2018

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