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  • North Country Burns Bridges

    Mar 15, 2023

  • The Voice Of Sports For 30 Years

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    KLTZ/Mix 93's Stan Ozark has been the voice of Valley County sports for 30 years and was recently celebrated by the Glasgow Scotties community during the Northern B Girls Divisional tournament. On Feb. 23, chants of "Stan, Stan, Stan" rang out in the Scottie gymnasium. "It was a complete surprise! I looked at Derek [Beadle] and asked what was all this was about. I didn't process what was going on. Once I heard the chanting it put it all together," explained Ozark. Ozark and Beadle have been...

  • Slash The Stigma

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    The first annual Slash the Stigma Devon Thompson Memorial Tournament was held at the Valley Event Center this past weekend, March 11 and 12. A total of eight local teams participated in the three-on-three tournament with a six man team maximum. A team from Miles City was supposed to compete, but due to the winter storm that made it's way to the area, had to cancel at the last minute. During the championship game on Sunday, the winning team, comprised of Colter Barnett, Lex Fairclough, Britt...

  • Montanans: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Responsibly By Planning For A Sober Ride!

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    With support from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), local law enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) are increasing patrols and enforcement presence during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. Because the holiday falls on a Friday, they expect increased participation in festivities and hosted celebrations, and alcohol consumption beyond what is typical for the holiday. To ensure the safety of communities across Montana and the traveling public, these safety partners are encouraging everyone to make a plan for a sober ri...

  • New Website Goes Live For Valley County!

    Valley County Commissioners, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Valley County upgraded its website in February. It can still be accessed from the original web link, Local photographer Sean Heavey provided all the photos for the homepage, depicting Valley County’s beautiful landscapes. The new website is easier to navigate and to update, making it a great tool for both users and County personnel. Its user-friendly format means we will get more information out to our citizens and eventually enable more online services. One of the features we are most excited about is the new f...

  • Important Facts About E-Cigarettes To Spark A Dialogue

    Valley County Public Health, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Editor’s Note: This is part four of a five part series regarding e-cigarettes. The first part was printed in the Feb. 22 edition, the second part was printed in the March 1 edition and the third part was printed in the March 8 edition. Learn some important facts about e-cigarettes that teens should know. • Vape aerosol can contain harmful chemicals. • Vapes get their flavors from chemicals. While some flavorings are safe to eat in food, inhaling flavor chemicals can harm your lungs. • Vaping can also expose your lungs to dangerous chemica...

  • Early Childhood Screening in Hinsdale

    For the Courier

    Parents of preschool children in the Hinsdale community are invited to participate in a free early childhood screening, sponsored by the Bear Paw Cooperative, on Monday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hinsdale School. Please make an appointment with Gwyn at 406-364-2314.... Full story

  • Valley County 4-H Makes Blankets For Valley County Law Enforcement

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Members of Valley County 4-H came together on Dec. 29 to make tie quilts for Valley County Law Enforcement. Under the direction of Bobbie Britzman, members cut and tied around the edges of fleece to create four blankets to be given to the Valley County Sheriff's department with the hope they can be handed out to children and adults in times of need. Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer was present for the presentation at First Lutheran Church. Each 4-H member completes at least 10 hours of service...

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    Mar 15, 2023

    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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. 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. Events are also listed below. N... Full story

  • Glasgow Middle School February Students Of The Month

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Sixth Grade Ashton Gardner - English Blaine Brandt - Health Aiden Aune - Math Paxton Bilger - Science Addison Squires - Social Studies Mary Knierim - Library Jaxson Kemp - Art Reece Martin - Band Seventh Grade Averylynn Terrel - English Aedan Weber - Health Garrett Thompson - Math Avery Red Dog - Science Owen Hopstad - Social Studies Levi Stanley - Computer Willow Sugg - Art Amelia Gilchrist - Band Amberly Williams - English Eighth Grade Liam Chapman - Health Gage Larsen - Math Paityn Britzman - Science Trey Graham - Social Studies Tayven... Full story

  • Opheim Second Quarter Honor Roll

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    High Honors (3.7+ GPA) Carrie Taylor Aliah Batalla Billy Still Honors (3.3 GPA) Bo Anderson Latia O’Guin Maria Still... Full story

  • $125,000 in Youth Serve Montana Scholarships Awarded

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service (ServeMontana), Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) are pleased announce 100 Montana high school seniors have been awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. This scholarship is offered in two awards, $1,000 for 50-99 hours of service and $1,500 for 100+ hours of service to attend a Montana Campus Compact member institution next fall. Congratulations to these Valley County Montana student volunteers who were awarded $1,500 for serving 100 or more hours: Kaitlyn Miller, Nashua, Nashua... Full story

  • Nemont Offering $10,000 in Scholarships

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Nemont believes that supporting educational endeavors aids in strengthening our communities. Applications are being accepted now through Sunday, April 2, for 10 - $1,000 scholarships to students in the Nemont service areas. Nemont will offer five $1,000 scholarships to students within our service area pursuing higher education studies at an accredited college or university. Five more $1,000 scholarships will be offered to students attending an accredited community college or trade school. Applicants can be graduating seniors or already... Full story

  • Montana Farmers Union Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    The deadline to submit applications for Montana Farmers Union scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each has been extended to April 17. The annual scholarships are offered through MFU as part of the organization’s commitment to education and include the Bud Daniels Memorial Scholarship, the John Korsbeck Memorial Scholarship, and the Cascade County-wide Farmers Union Local, Chouteau County Farmers Union Local and Flathead County-wide Farmers Union Local scholarships. The scholarships are available to students throughout their collegiate c... Full story

  • Do You Have Enough Emergency Savings?

    Financial Advisor Arron Franzen, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Many people would agree that preparation is the key to success in many areas of life. Yet, when it comes to being ready for a financial emergency, a sizable percentage of Americans are feeling distinctly unprepared — and that can lead to problems. Consider these survey findings from financial services provider Edward Jones and Morning Consult: • Nearly two in five Americans expect that their emergency savings would last no more than a month. • Less than 40 percent of respondents consider their emergency savings account to be fully funde...

  • Western Valley 4-H Report

    Reporter Zora Holt, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    The Western Valley 4-H Club held our March meeting on March 5. Secretary Linden Holt asked the roll call question of "How many monkeys does it take to change a light bulb?" We had answers ranging from "one really smart one" to a billion. Michael Ketchum decided it "only takes one monkey to change a light bulb into broken glass!" The rest of our meeting passed uneventfully. After the meeting, members ate sandwiches, potato salad, and unicorn cupcakes prepared by the cooking cl...

  • Governor Gianforte Proclaims March Montana Agriculture Month

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Governor Greg Gianforte on March 7 proclaimed March 2023 Montana Agriculture Month to honor and celebrate the state’s agriculture industry, farmers and ranchers, and their contributions to the Montana way of life and the world. In his proclamation, the governor also declared the week of March 19-25, 2023, Montana Agriculture Week, and March 21, 2023, Montana Agriculture Day. “With more than 27,000 farms and ranches across our state, agriculture is the bedrock of our economy and communities,” Gov. Gianforte said. “We’ll continue to promote and i...

  • Pixels? Mega!

    Richard Noble, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Our ability to snap photos on a whim is something that most of us, with high quality cameras on the smartphones we carry everywhere, take for granted. Even over the course of the last decade or so, our phone cameras have gone from something only suitable for catching the very most candid of moments, to a level of fidelity enabling amateur filmmakers to record entire movies using only a smartphone. Does this mean then that phones have overtaken dedicated cameras? How many megapixels do you need before you can retire your bulky Canon, Nikon or...

  • Outdoor Gardening Postponed - Again

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    This latest blast from Mother Nature has certainly dampened my enthusiasm for gardening out of doors. My plans to start some seeds are on hold, although they probably shouldn't be. I know onions started from seed take forever (a few months wouldn't be too long) to grow large enough to be transplantable. But I can be a lazy gardener and starting seeds is definitely a time and effort commitment. Those baby seedlings need almost daily waterings. Whatever you use to start those seeds (peat pots,...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Kirsten Keiser, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    1 Years Ago Wednesday, March 13, 2013 The Valley County Conservation District is considering an ordinance that would require a permit for grazing any bison, whether wild, free-roaming or domestic, in the county. They are acting in response to Fish, Wildlife and Park's placing of bison from Yellowstone National Park on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation a year ago, an action that sparked a reaction from ranchers and farmers in the area. There was a lot of donating and a lot of falling on Sunday...

  • March Winter Storms

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    March has brought us winter storms like we haven’t seen in a few years. I am sure there are residents of the Opheim area that will remember winters of snow banks higher than your car along the side of the road. These were quite fascinating to a young kid, but not so much in my senior years. I am sure it was not just the North Country that experienced those snow piles along the roads and equally sure that none of us have any desire to see banks quite that high as we drive to our destinations. I am quite thankful for the snow removal equipment a...

  • Applications Being Accepted For Two Open Trustee Positions on Glasgow School Board

    For the Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    There are two positions open for the Glasgow School District Board of Trustees this year. Angie Page’s and Blaine White’s terms are set to expire and both have declared their intent to run again. The annual school election will be held Tuesday, May 2, by mail ballot. For anyone else wishing to run for the Glasgow school board, the Trustee Declaration form is located on the school board page of the district website at and is also available at the School Administration Office located at 229 7th Street North. The dea...

  • North Country Brings Home First Co-op State Basketball Title

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Total domination. Those two words sum up the North Country Mavericks' performance at the Class C State Basketball Tournament in Billings this past weekend. The girls from Hinsdale, Saco and Whitewater brought home their first co-op state title as the undisputed top team in the state. Coming off their only true challenge of the season – a 46-44 Eastern C Divisional win over Plentywood – the Mavericks applied the lessons learned from that game, playing to win at the most elite level of Class C g...

  • Lustre Christian Finishes Historic Season at State With 24-2 Record

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 15, 2023

    Lustre Christian's historic basketball season came to a conclusion at the 2022-23 Class C State Basketball Tournament in Billings this past weekend after the Lions went 1-2 at the final event of the year. The Lions entered the State Tournament as the top-ranked team through the season and as the number one seed out of the Eastern Division after coming from behind to defeat the Fairview Warriors in a historic first-ever divisional title for Lustre. The Lions faced the Big Sandy Pioneers in the...

  • Law Enforcement Report

    Mar 15, 2023

    For the week of March 6 through 12, there were four motor vehicle stops and 13 reports of vehicle sliding off the road. Monday, March 6 1400 – A male called in on 911 and was hard to understand. A second male got on the phone and stated the semi had jackknifed in the roadway and was blocking traffic. At 1405, it was determined one lane of travel opened up and the deputy reports they were able to get the semi straightened out. 1451 – Deputy advised MTDOT are out attempting to clear a large drift. The deputy will provide traffic control whi...

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