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  • Elks Lodge Was On Fire This Weekend

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Though the temperatures outside were freezing, it was warm and toasty inside of the Glasgow Elks Lodge on Jan. 13 for the sixth annual Elks Chili Cookoff. A total of nine teams braved the cold weather to bring their cooking supplies, ingredients and spices to win the coveted first place trophy. After local judges tasted all of the offerings, first place was awarded to Kevin Taylor, second place was awarded to Ruth Waarvick and Kim Enkerud and third place was awarded to Brandylee Loran. After...

  • Cold Is The Word

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    This past weekend everybody hunkered down in their homes, trying to stay warm with their favorite beverages, blankets, movies and books. After a record-breaking month of December due to warm temperatures, Mother Nature decided to swing conditions the other way for January. On Jan. 13, the National Weather Service in Glasgow reported Glasgow set a record low on Jan. 13 with a low of -35, breaking the previous record of -33 in 1916. This is the first time since Jan. 6, 1982, that Glasgow has had...

  • Hoyt Park Now Preferred Location For Future Skatepark

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    The Glasgow City Council met in special session on Jan. 10 to further discuss with the Siding 45 Skatepark committee where the best location would be to build the new proposed skatepark. The proposal that has been presented to the City Council by Siding 45, which is now a designated 501c3, stated they will donate to the City of Glasgow a $300,000 park renovation featuring a professional designed and built concrete skatepark. The park will be owned and insured by the City of Glasgow. The preferred location for the committee has always been...

  • Two New Sheriff Deputies Join Valley County Sheriff's Department

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    At the conclusion of the Valley County Commissioners regular Discussion and Decision meeting on Jan. 10, Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer introduced the newest sheriff deputies to the Commissioners. Kyle Goodman and William Charbonneau were then sworn in as official Valley County deputies after starting in their new role earlier in the week on Jan. 8. Both deputies came from the Wolf Point Police Department and decided to serve Valley County as a way to further their impact in helping people. "I...

  • Glasgow And Opheim BPA Students Place At Regionals

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Glasgow High School and Opheim students traveled to Lambert, Mont., on Jan. 10 to participate in Business Professionals of America (BPA) regionals. Business Professionals of America is the nation's leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) providing students and members with invaluable skill development and the opportunity to make personal connections. Students that join Business Professionals of America have the opportunity to further their knowledge and prepare for a career in...

  • First Pediatric Influenza Death For 2023-24 Season Confirmed In Montana

    For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reported on Jan. 9 the untimely death of a Big Horn County resident under the age of 18 years due to influenza. DPHHS confirms that this is the 11th influenza-related death in Montana, as of Jan. 5, 2024, and the first pediatric death of the 2023-2024 influenza season. In Montana, the last flu-related pediatric death occurred during the 2022-2023 influenza season when one person under the age of 18 died. Montana is currently experiencing widespread influenza activity with cases and...

  • Why Youth Nicotine Use Is An Important Issue

    Jan 17, 2024

    Dear Editor, Faced with declines in cigarette use – the youth smoking rate dropped from nearly 23 percent in 2000 to an all-time low of 2.3 percent in 2021 – the commercial tobacco industry has expanded its product offerings to include flashy e-cigarettes, flavored nicotine-containing products such as oral nicotine pouches and lozenges, and the heated tobacco device IQOS, dramatically changing the product landscape. Companies have also begun to use synthetic nicotine– created in a...

  • A 2023 Political Recap: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    Jan 17, 2024

    *Paid Political Content* Dear Editor, Skyrocketing property taxes. Astronomical energy rate increases. Thousands of homes that are unaffordable to most Montanans. And yet more big tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy, while the rest of us are left to foot the bill. When we look back on the last year, all these changes and more were brought [to] you by one party and its supermajority: Montana Republicans. And so, as 2023 ends, let's take a look back over the last 12 months to see where Republicans...

  • Half Day School Days

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Do you remember when Glasgow had half day school days? I remember moving from Opheim the summer between my junior and senior year. I was lucky enough to be hired by a Bank here in Glasgow that summer and decided to finish my schooling in Glasgow. What a deal, I could go to school in the mornings, and then go to my job after lunch. Not many of us had the opportunity to make money and attend school all at the same time, unless you had an extremely good baby-sitting job somewhere. I am pretty sure these days came about due to the extra population...

  • Governor Gianforte Launches Property Tax Task Force

    For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Governor Greg Gianforte has launched a property tax task force to provide recommendations to reform the property tax system and reduce the burden on property taxpayers. “Property taxes are too high. Our $1,350 property tax rebate helped Montana homeowners last year and will help them again this year,” Gov. Gianforte said. “We, however, need thoughtful, deliberate, long-term reforms to keep property taxes as low as possible, because the increasing strain of rising property taxes shouldn’t force Montana homeowners to consider selling the...

  • 26th Annual Ice Fishing Derby Set For Feb. 3

    Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture, For the Courier|ERROR

    The “Cabin Fever-Let’s Go Fishing” The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold the 26th Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. The Derby will be held at the Fishing Access Site-The Dredge Cuts Trout Pond located on Highway 117. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fishing is from noon to 3 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per hole or three holes for $100. Cash and prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. at the Gateway Club. There are over 150 holes pre-drilled for the anglers. First place is guaranteed for $2,000. The... Full story

  • Third Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition: Uniting Northeastern Montana For Economic Growth

    For the Courier|ERROR

    Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are excited to announce the commencement of the Third Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition. This transformative initiative is set to unfold across the seven-county region of northeastern Montana, including Valley, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Daniels. Fostering Economic Development: The Minnow Tank Competition aims to unite communities with a common goal of economic development by attracting new entrepreneurs and supporting... Full story

  • FWP Hosting Public Meetings To Discuss Upland Game Bird Hunting Regulations

    Montana FWP, For the Courier|ERROR

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host two meetings in January to discuss proposed 2024 upland game bird hunting regulations. FWP staff will present proposed 2024 upland game bird seasons and regulations, along with recent trends in upland game bird populations, harvest, and hunting pressure. The meetings are being held in Glendive and Scobey, as eastern Montana attracts many resident and nonresident upland gamebird hunters. Both meetings will have options for people to attend virtually. The purpose of the meetings is to share information... Full story

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    Jan 17, 2024

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Deadline for calendar additions is Mondays at noon. Please email your event to [email protected] or submit in person at the Courier office, 531 2nd Ave. S., Glasgow. The Valley County Pioneer Museum is closed for the month of January. Nemont Manor has activities scheduled throughout the month for the entire community as well as the residents of Nemont Manor. If you would like a calendar, please contact 406-228-4306 or e-mail [email protected] and they will mail one to you. Visitors to the Fort Peck Interpretive Center can... Full story

  • William 'Willie' Copple

    Jan 17, 2024

    William "Willie" Francis Copple passed into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Glasgow, Mont. Family will receive friends 6 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Saco Lutheran Church, Saco, Mont. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Saco Lutheran Church with Pastor Doris Tollefson officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandview Cemetery. Willie was born to Charles Dewey and Mary (Simpson) Copple on Sept. 25, 1935, in Malta, Mont. Willie spent his younger... Full story

  • Phyllis Y. Huston

    Jan 17, 2024

    Phyllis Y. Huston (aka. Phyllis Yvonne Flom, Mrs. Phyllis Y. Peck, "Nana") passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in Glasgow, Mont., at the age of 92. Phyllis was born March 6, 1931, in Fertile, Minn., a tough-as-nail, six-month preemie, weighing in at only two and a half pounds. Her mother, Olga, told people her wedding ring would fit her as a bracelet and a tablespoon could cover her face. Her mom would keep her in a wool blanket near the wood stove to keep her warm. She had five brothers and... Full story

  • Warm Weather And Lack Of Precipitation Results In A Slow Start To Winter

    Natural Resources Conservation Service, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    “Warm temperatures and lack of precipitation over the last couple months have resulted in a bleak start to the seasonal snowpack in Montana and northern Wyoming river basins,” said USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Supply Specialist Eric Larson. Water year 2024 began with a mid-October snowstorm that brought about two to five inches of precipitation to part of northern Wyoming and southern Montana. Totals from that storm were less across the rest of Montana, particularly in the northwest where river basins such as...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards as of Jan. 4 show 1,714 cattle sold. This was the first sale of the New Year. Markets are trending steady compared to last test on Dec. 14, 2023. Utility and commercial cows brought in $83-$94; canner and cutter cows $70 to $84; young feeding/turnout cows $95 to $115; and bulls $95 to $113.50. Consignors were: Malta 2040 Bull $113.50 Glasgow 1755 Bull 105.50 Whitewater 1620 Cow 88.00 Wolf Point 1585 Cow 90.00 Wolf Point 1526 Cows 94.00 Harlem 1450 Cow 92.50 Dodson 1393 Cows 91.50 Glasgow 350 HC...

  • Disaster Assistance For 2023 Livestock Forage Losses In 21 Montana Counties

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Livestock producers in 21 Montana counties are eligible to apply for 2023 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass, and forage sorghum. LFP provides compensation if you suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or leased land, or fire on federally managed land. County committees can only accept LFP applications after notification is received by the National Office of qualifying drought, or if a federal agency prohibits producers from gr...

  • FWP Looks For Members For Mule Deer Advisory Council

    Montana FWP, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is forming an advisory council to help begin the process of developing a new statewide mule deer plan. The Mule Deer Citizens Advisory Council (MDCAC) will consist of 10 to 12 people and will identify expectations for the new mule deer plan, which could include expectations for development process, management actions and goals, and results. “As we begin the process of developing a new mule deer plan, we are really open to taking a different approach, if that’s what the public wants,” said FWP Director...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates / Deadlines

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    USDA in Montana reminds agricultural producers of important Farm Service Agency (FSA) program dates. Contact your local service center to apply and with any questions. Visit online at and Jan. 30, 2024: Application deadline for 2023 LFP. Producers must complete a CCC-853 and provide required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2024, for 2023 losses. Jan. 30, 2024: Deadline to file a notice of loss and application for payment for ELAP. The 30-calendar-day (livestock and farm-raised fish) and...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Complied by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, January 15, 2014 The growth policy Glasgow has developed shows that there is a lack in affordable housing in the area. Key findings in the report show that in 2010 around 85 percent of housing in Glasgow was built prior to 1976. The percentage of home ownership was also lower here than in the state and nation. Glasgow's rate of ownership is at 63.2 percent while the state sits at 68 percent and the nation at 65.1 percent. The regular city council meeting that took place... Full story

  • On The Road – Again

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    I think those words are in a song…Willie is a genius. This week, instead of heading to sunny Florida, we’re going to cold, snowy, blowy Minnesota. The youngest grandson, 11, has a hockey tournament in Minneapolis this long weekend. The Florida teams always seem to have tourneys scheduled in far locales every time there’s an extra day off school. (It’s not just Florida, of course.) These tourneys require the kids missing school on both sides of the long weekend as they have to travel to and from said locales. This particular tourney has...

  • New Year's Financial Resolutions

    Financial Advisor Arron Franzen, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Now that we’ve reached 2024, you might be thinking about your goals and hopes for the new year. But in addition to whatever personal resolutions you might make — volunteering, going to the gym more, learning a new language and others —why not make some financial resolutions, too? Here are a few to consider: • Boost your retirement savings. If you can afford it, try to increase your contributions to your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. The more you put away in these accounts, the greater your chances of...

  • More Than $1 Million In Scholarships Available For Montana Students

    Montana Community Foundation, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    More than $1 million in scholarships are available for Montana students via the Montana Community Foundation. Students can apply for funding between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2024. A variety of scholarships are available for four-year or two-year colleges, certificate courses, non-traditional students, vocational studies, and more. For more information or to apply, please visit to take the scholarship eligibility quiz and find the right scholarship for you! The Montana Community Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a culture of giving so...

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