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  • Holom Appointed Interim Director of Valley View Home

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    In a press release, the CEO of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Randy Holom has announced he will be taking over as the interim director of Valley View Home. Last month, President of the VVH Board of Directors Brian Fuhrman announced they were terminating their relationship with Health Management Services of Billings, who had overseen one of the worst DPHHS inspections in the facility’s history and had trouble retaining local staff members and nurses. The release states, “This is a short-term position for Mr. Holom, as Valley View... Full story

  • Missouri River Country Draws Tourists to Region

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    Missouri River Country is Montana’s northeastern tourism region which covers Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Valley, Sheridan, Daniels, Richland and Roosevelt Counties along with the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The organization is managed by a Board of Directors that is appointed by their respective County Commissioners. To draw visitors to the area, Missouri River promotes Northeast Montana as an ideal destination for the outdoor adventurist, geo-tourist, history buffs, Native American Culturists, Dinosaur Trail followers, hunters,... Full story

  • Stat Air Nears Completion of New Hangar, Offices

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    The Northeast Montana Stat Air Ambulance Cooperative is nearing completion of their new hangar, crew quarters and office combination at Wokal Field in Glasgow. According to Program Director Clay Berger, the hangar has been in the making for over 20 years. He explained that changes and updates were always becoming necessary, so the plan had to be constantly adapted as the cooperative expanded to take on serving more hospitals in Northeast Montana. The new hangar is set to open around mid-April,... Full story

  • Upcoming Gardening Classes Available for Young Green Thumbs

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    The Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG) is an educational youth project offered to students in grades four through six. Students enrolled in JMG will receive horticultural and environmental science education while also developing leadership and life skills through fun and creative activities. JMG is committed to helping young people become good gardeners and good citizens by encouraging them to make positive contributions to their families, their school, and their community. The program will provide attendees with structured time to learn new... Full story

  • Mystery Animals Coming to Glasgow

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    Executive director of ZooMontana (Billings) Jeff Ewelt and his staff will be bringing live animals to Glasgow on March 22. To keep the community and children surprised, the type and number of animals are being kept under wraps until they make their grand appearance. Ewelt and his staff will visit and meet with Irle elementary students grades kindergarten through third. In the evening, they will present to the public at the Children's Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. According to Glasgow High School... Full story

  • "Get Your Bum In There!"

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  • Libertarians Nominate Rancher to Run for Zinke's Seat

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    In a Helena nominating convention on March 12, attended by roughly three dozen people, the Montana Libertarian Party nominated Mark Wicks, a 46-year-old cattle rancher and writer from Inverness, Mont. Wicks received a degree in aviation mechanics from Bozeman, but instead became a third-generation rancher taking over the family ranch in Eastern Montana. Despite being on the third party ticket Wicks exhumed confidence saying, “My party is not fighting with anybody. The other parties are fighting back and forth. I’m going to stand up and... Full story

  • Montana 4-H Seeks Former 4-H Members

    From Mike Brandt, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    Montana 4-H is looking for former 4-H members to “Raise Your Hand” in a fundraiser that could bring $20,000 for the growing 4-H program. Valley County has nine 4-H clubs that may benefit from the award. The 4-H alumni are one of the most valuable resources we have. The alumni know what it takes to be a 4-H youth and offer today’s youth some valuable advice. Jennifer Nettles, an award winning singer, songwriter and musician, and her mom are proud 4-H alumni. The Raise-Your-Hand campaign is designed to reach all of those 4-H alumni... Full story

  • Selling the Save Act

    Mary Cafero, The Senator Speaks|Mar 15, 2017

    Having never sponsored a tax bill in my twelve years as a state legislator, I find myself in a new strange place. However as I watched nearly ninety million dollars in services for senior citizens and people who have disabilities, including children, being cut from the state budget I had to do something. Fortunately we have a mechanism to help restore these programs and positively impact the health and welfare of Montanans. Through my bill called the SAVE ACT, we will increase the tobacco tax by $1.50 a pack. I fully understand that this may...

  • The End of an Era

    Georgie Kulczyk, Soapbox Solioquy|Mar 15, 2017

    I recently lost part of my identity. I am no longer the mother of a high school basketball player. I have to sheepishly confess that I was devastated the moment it happened, and it took some time for me to shake the sadness. I know, it seems a little dramatic. Probably more so for those that don’t have kids involved in athletics. Others may understand the feeling exactly. The good news is: I’ve recovered. This past season was especially unique for me as I pulled double duty both as a basketball mom and the sports editor of the Courier. The...

  • Warming Up for Spring

    Gwen Cornwell, Remember When|Mar 15, 2017

    Weather is the topic that has been on everyone’s mind these past weeks.  Things like “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” creep into our conversations.  This prompted me to wonder how many out there remember prior winters that were similar to what we are having now.  That in turn prompted me to unlock my Grandmother’s diary and check out her entries for the months of March.  Grandma’s entries were sporadic.  She might have made an entry for the early 50’s and then skip to the 60’s but the reason for this family...

  • Dare to Repair Obamacare

    Michael Burns, Representing the Right|Mar 15, 2017

    The Affordable Care Act: Repeal and Replace In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity to feature in-depth discussion, "Side by Side" will feature structured analysis of current events complete with fact-checking, editorial support and, when necessary, informal arbitration. To suggest a topic for our duo, write to [email protected]. Obamacare has practically existed in an attempted re...

  • The So-Called 'Fiscally Conservative' Plan

    Alec Carmichael, I Digress|Mar 15, 2017

    The Affordable Care Act: Repeal and Replace In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity to feature in-depth discussion, "Side by Side" will feature structured analysis of current events complete with fact-checking, editorial support and, when necessary, informal arbitration. To suggest a topic for our duo, write to [email protected]. When I think about government waste, I often think...

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Mar 15, 2017

    WEDNESDAY – MARCH 15 6:30 p.m. - Annual NCAA Basketball Calcutta to benefit the Glasgow Reds Legion & Babe Ruth Baseball programs at the Glasgow Elks Lodge. Chili will be served at 6:30 p.m. with Calcutta starting at 7 p.m. THURSDAY – MARCH 16 7 p.m. - ‘Lives Touched by Jesus’ Lenten services at First Lutheran Church, Glasgow. 7 p.m. - The American Legion Auxiliary #41 will meet at the VFW Hall for a short meeting followed by celebrating the Legion’s 98th birthday. All veterans are invited, not just legionnaires. FRIDAY – MARCH 17 8... Full story

  • Issella Cook

    Mar 15, 2017

    Issella L. Cook passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was raised in New Deal, Wheeler and on the farm south of Glasgow. She attended Borton County School for first grade and completed her education in the Glasgow Schools, graduating in May of 1955. One week after beginning her senior year, she began working part time at the First National Bank. She continued working for the bank until her retirement in 1999. She worked various departments and had tho... Full story

  • Dorothy Lynn Bell

    Mar 15, 2017

    Dorothy Lynn (Larson) Bell, 91, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont. She was born in Rupert, Idaho, on Oct. 1, 1925, to Irvin W. and Doris Larson, and was raised in Saco. She was involved in band, sports, church, and many community activities. After graduation, she attended the University of Montana and was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and Alpha Chi sorority. In 1944, she married Carl W. Bell in Everett, Wash., prior to... Full story

  • Harriet Mattfeld

    Mar 15, 2017

    Harriet (Dalby) Mattfeld, age 83, of Perham, Minn., died Monday, March 13, 2017, in Perham Living. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham. Visitation will resume from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Harriet Dalby was born Jan. 15, 1934, to Peder and Lila (Luchau) Dalby at the home of her grandparents in Homestead, Mont.... Full story

  • Kenneth C. Abern

    Mar 15, 2017

    Kenneth C. Abern, 89 of Billings, Mont., formerly of Nashua/Glasgow, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, March 3, 2017. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.... Full story

  • Bantam Beasts Take Title!

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Mar 15, 2017

    The Valley Event Center has another championship banner to hang in the rafters. The 2017 MAHA State Bantam Tournament was held in Glasgow March 10-12, and the Ice Dawgs captured the first ever Bantam championship for Hi-Line Youth Hockey. Glasgow finished the weekend undefeated, beating teams from Helena, Butte, Great Falls and Havre, then defeating Havre for a second time in the Sunday afternoon chipper. The weekend was full of energy and hardcore hockey, with 20 games in the books by the end... Full story

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