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  • Many Fish Were Caught During Chamber's 26th Annual Ice Fishing Derby

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Though it felt more like early spring than winter on Feb. 3, a total of 71 participants came out to the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture's 26th Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Feb. 3. A total of 134 holes were sold at the Fishing Access Site – Dredge Cuts Trout Pond, where the Derby was held, with a total of 68 fish brought to the weight master during noon and 3 p.m., though many more were caught throughout the event. A guaranteed $2,000 first place was awarded to Trevor Adams, of N...

  • Jury Finds No Criminal Action In Death Of Dennis Wing

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    A coroner’s inquest related to the 2022 death of Dennis Wing was held Jan. 31, at the Valley County Courthouse. According to law, the inquest is a formal inquiry into the causes and circumstances surrounding the death of a person and is conducted by the coroner before a jury. In the inquest, the jury consisted of seven individuals, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, who oversaw the proceedings, which included four testimonies, and Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen, who asked the witnesses questions regarding the situation leading u...

  • Second Annual Devon Thompson Memorial Slash The Stigma Tournament

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Though the Ice Dawgs had a break this past weekend, there was still plenty of hockey action at the Valley Event Center for the second annual Devon Thompson Memorial Slash the Stigma tournament, Feb. 2-4. A total of 11 teams, divided into three divisions, were sponsored by local businesses and with teams comprised of a variety of age brackets. The team 2 Diggers, sponsored by 2 Diggers, comprised of Dillon Hughes, Peyton Smith, Colter Barnett, Bode Barnett, Kent Hubbard, Jake Engstrom and Elizabe...

  • Braaten Wins Government Weed Fighter Of The Year

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    This winter, Stone Tihista and Levi Capdeville (pictured at left), of the Valley County Weed and Mosquito District nominated Norm Braaten, of Fort Peck, for Government Weed Fighter of the Year. Braaten was recognized for his efforts at the Montana Weed Control Association's Annual Conference on Jan. 31, in Billings, where he was awarded Overall Weed Fighter Of the Year for the MWCA. "I would like to thank Norm for everything he has done for our county and myself over the last year. I would not...

  • Valley County Property Taxpayers To See Increase

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Last week, the Valley County Commissioners passed a resolution amending the county mill levy for state equalization, county high school equalization and the county elementary equalization mill levy authority for this fiscal year. The Montana Supreme Court sided with the Gianforte administration in December when it ruled that counties must calculate 95 mills for the states school equalization fund. Most counties including Valley County levied 77.9 mills, as opposed to the full 95 mills, as part of a local solution to help homeowners with...

  • A Salute To The Students Who Excel Academically And Athletically

    Feb 7, 2024

    To see more of local students' achievements see inside of this week's issue! Copies of the newspaper can be purchased at Albertsons, Reynolds, Holiday, Ezzie's Midtown, Ezzie's Westend, AgLand, Cottonwood, 5th Avenue Pharmacy, Raider's Quickstop, Pay N Save, and Agland in Wolf Point. Want to view the week's issue electronically? Sign up for a $35 subscription by clicking "Subscribe" in the upper right hand corner....

  • Official Response From Tanner Smith Regarding Kolstad Family Case:

    Feb 7, 2024

    “I’m a father of 5 myself and I too have had interactions with our Montana CPS. Having said that, the CPS here in the Kalispell area are fair, honest and a great group of folks doing an extremely tough job. What happened with this case is a tragedy that could have been avoided. The state legislature and I passed HB37 which would have required a judges warrant to remove a child. That would have been another set of eyes on a case and a check and balance on a rogue CPS worker Governor Gianforte vetoed that bill? I voted YES to put parents’ 1st and... Full story

  • Youth Mental Health And Nicotine Use

    Feb 7, 2024

    Dear Editor, Two health crises among youth - a mental health crisis and a vaping public health crisis - pose increasing threats to a generation of young people. They are also linked in ways many may not realize, according to a body of peer-reviewed studies. Sincerely, Valley County Tobacco Education Specialist Teri Meche For more information, contact her at 406-228-6261. Article information is from Truth Initiative. Truth Initiative is America's largest nonprofit public health organization...

  • Glasgow Contributes To Successful Shoebox Collection Season

    Feb 7, 2024

    Dear Editor, Generosity throughout Glasgow, contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2023, the ministry is now sending over 11.3 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide, including many who are suffering from war, poverty, disease and disaster. Through shoeboxes-p...

  • Unclaimed Property Day Is Back, Returning Money To Montanans

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    The Montana Department of Revenue is holding approximately $128 million dollars that has yet to be claimed by citizens. Montanans can search for abandoned money or other types of property. The fastest and easiest way to search is online at, a national database listing abandoned money in Montana and other states. “We want to get this money back to the rightful owners,” said Montana Department of Revenue Director Brendan Beatty. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to search” Nearly 33 million people...

  • Gianforte Rebuts Far-Right Accusations About Child Protection Case In Glasgow

    Mara Silvers Montana Free Press, For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is defending the state health department’s actions in an active child protective case against a wave of online criticism from conservative groups, including some far-right, anti-LGBTQ social media accounts, an unusually public commentary from the state’s highest elected official about confidential child welfare proceedings. In a series of Monday afternoon, Jan. 29, posts on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Gianforte responded to direct call-outs from prominent anti-transgender commenters who alleged tha...

  • Hunter Education In-Person Class Offered In Hinsdale

    For the Courier

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for Hinsdale. An in-person classroom course will take place after school hours starting Monday, Feb. 12. All hunter education classes are free of charge. In-person, instructor-led hunter education classroom courses are available to anyone age 10 and older and provide new hunters with a hands-on learning experience. In-person courses are led by volunteer instructors who are passionate about preserving Montana’s hunting tradition, teaching firearm safety, ethics, and o...

  • Annual Skating Showcase Feb. 11

    For the Courier

    Before the SuperBowl, we invite you to watch some Super Skaters when Glasgow Learn to Skate presents its 16th annual Showcase. It’s on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m., at the Valley Event Center. The public is invited to come see what the skaters have accomplished this year. There is no cost for the event and those attending may skate for free with the stars after the show....

  • ORLC Indian Taco Supper

    For the Courier

    Nashua Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will have their February Indian Taco Supper on Monday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is a free will donation and Thrivent has provided supplementary funds. Take outs are available and all are welcome!...

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    Feb 7, 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 open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 I... Full story

  • Robert 'Bob' Baillargeon

    Feb 7, 2024

    Robert "Bob" Henry Baillargeon, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away peacefully at Billings Clinic, in Billings, Mont., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, at age 76. Bob was born on Oct. 30, 1947, in Norwich, Conn., to Robert George and Theresa Baillargeon. He was one of five children and is remembered by his sisters, Patricia (Vincent) Palladino, Janice (Brian) Jastrzebski and Linda (Richard) Paradis and brother Richard Baillargeon. Bob graduated from Killingly High School in 1967 and then dedicated the next... Full story

  • Louis 'Louie' Monson

    Feb 7, 2024

    Louis "Louie" Cassidy Monson passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at the age of 56 after a short battle with Esophageal cancer. At Louie's request, no services are planned. Louis was born Feb. 21, 1967, in Glasgow, Mont., and was the last child of Paul and Darlene (Sundby) Monson and the last Monson grandchild of Julian and Effie (Halbakken) Monson. He was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow and graduated in 1986 from the Glasgow Senior High School. Shortly after hig... Full story

  • Jack Wesley McCuin Services

    Feb 7, 2024

    Jack Wesley McCuin, age 88, of Jordan, Mont., formerly of Saco, Mont., passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at the Garfield County Nursing Home in Jordan, Mont. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Saco. Interment will follow in the Saco Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: A full obituary will be published in the Feb. 14, 2024 issue of the Glasgow Courier.... Full story

  • Everything Calving Producer and Youth Education

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Producing and raising healthy calves is integral to the profitability and success of a cow-calf operation. National mortality rates of calves hover around five percent year after year. Providing timely intervention during calving, if needed, can help increase the percentage of calves that are born alive and survive. Knowledge of the stages of parturition, determining if a calf is in trouble, dealing with dystocia and then caring for the newborn calf all factor into increasing the odds of delivering a live calf. MSU Extension and partners are... Full story

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards as of Jan. 25, show 599 cattle sold. Cow market is showing strength. No test on bulls. Utility and commercial cows brought in $95 to $106.50; canner and cutter cows $85 to $95; young feeding/turnout cows $105 to $135; and bulls $95 to $110. Consignors were: Froid 1965 Bull 110.00 Froid 1805 Bull 107.00 Turner 1735 Cow 98.50 Hinsdale 1600 Cow 105.00 Loring 1515 Cow 102.50 Scobey 1510 Cow 103.50 Hogeland 1490 Cow 103.00 Poplar 1470 Cow 102.00 Dodson 1452 Cows 106.50 Glasgow 1430 Cows 100.00 Hinsdale...

  • Livestock Reports And Payments Due March 1

    Montana Department of Revenue, For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Montanans have until Friday, March 1 to report the number of each type of livestock they own and to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. This is the first year the payment due date has been March 1. The Board of Livestock has also changed per capita fee rates this year. Livestock owners must report and pay for what they own as of Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. If you reported last year but no longer own livestock, you still need to submit a reporting form to let us know your livestock count is zero. Owners can report...

  • USDA Reopens Signup for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture, For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (Continuous CRP) signup. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers and landowners in Montana who are interested in conservation opportunities for their land in exchange for yearly rental payments to consider the enrollment options available through Continuous CRP, which also includes the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) offered by FSA partners. Additionally, producers participating in CR...

  • Montana Grain Growers Association And Montana Grains Foundation Offer Scholarships

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    The Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) and the Montana Grains Foundation (MGF) will each offer scholarships to be used for the 2024-2025 school year. MGGA will award (2) $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing an agricultural related degree at the college of their choice. Applicants or their parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must be a current producer member of MGGA. MGF will award (2) $2,500 scholarships to Montana State University graduate students. Applications must be received no later than April 1, 2024, and the winners will...

  • Soup Season?

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Mary Honrud For the Courier Usually our minds will turn to soups as fall arrives with the cooler weather and more gloomy skies. For me, that season of soups is now. Well, really, I think soup is always good. We’ve had some really nice weather recently, but the fog and no sun is here right now. That has me wanting comfort food. Soup fills that want. First up is a hearty soup featuring wild rice and mushrooms. I combed through several variations on this theme, and settled on one that didn’t call for cream or milk. Those of you who don’t do well...

  • VCHD Has COVID And Influenza Vaccines Available

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    The Valley County Health Department would like to remind the community they are still offering COVID vaccines and influenza vaccines. To obtain these vaccines, walk-in appointments are available every Tuesday, 4 to 5:30 p.m. If that time does not work for you, an appointment can be made by calling 406-228-6261....

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