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  • Irle Elementary Receives Bikes For Gym Program

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Cherry Creek Bike Shop in Glasgow delivered 20 14" Strider balance bikes to Irle Elementary on March 9 and with the assistance of Glasgow Police Department's Robert Weber, Norman Dick and Jewel Etherington, as well as Bethanie Keim – Edward Jones, all bikes were assembled and lined up in the Irle Elementary gym in less than an hour. The bikes, in addition to a 20" bike that will also be available, are part of the Strider All Kids Bike program, which will be implemented in the kindergarten gym c...

  • Commissioners Opposes Tax Levy and Joint Operation For New Pool

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The Valley County Commissioners met on March 9 to discuss whether or not to impose a tax levy on county property owners in order to assist with the construction of a new swimming pool in Glasgow. The meeting was held in the Courthouse community room due to the large crowd the commissioners were expecting to weigh in on the issue. However, when the meeting came to order, there were only six members of the public in attendance, none of which included a representative from the city or the Valley County Community Pool Campaign. After hearing...

  • Troop 2280 Establishes in Glasgow

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Local Girl Scout Troop 2280 celebrated Girl Scout Week, March 6 through 12, on March 7 with cupcakes during their bi-monthly meeting on March 7. The troop, which is led by Glasgow's Hayley Young and Brianna Leader, has been in existence since September 2021, and the group of girls have been meeting one to two times a month since at the Connection in Glasgow. The troop was originally planned to get underway in the fall of 2020 but due to the COVID pandemic, plans were changed to have it start up...

  • Local EMT and Chief Deputy Awarded For Their Service

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Local emergency medical technician (EMT) Ken Taylor and Chief Deputy of the Valley County Sheriff's Office Joe Tihlarik were recognized and provided VFW Public Servant Awards during the monthly VFW Post #3107 meeting on March 10 at the VFW in Glasgow. Taylor was awarded the EMT of the Year award for both District as well as the State of Montana. He was nominated by Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital's Director of Emergency Services Connie Wethern due to his continued service. He is an advanced...

  • Fixing Amtrak

    Mar 16, 2022

    Dear Editor, Since its formation in 2020, the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA) has been successful in touting its mission to re-establish rail passenger service through southern Montana. Enthusiasm for the project was heightened in November 2021 with the passage of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which – for the first time in its 51-year history – has designated significant funding for Amtrak, America's intercity rail passenger service. But often lost in press rel...

  • Soroptimist Changing Names

    Mar 16, 2022

    Dear Editor, The local women's group known as Soroptimist will be changing in name only. In May of 2021, we received notice the the guidelines of Soroptimist International of the America (SIA) would be changing, over concern for managing the risk of COVID 19 and to preserve the trademark name "Soroptimist." This meant we could no longer have an affiliated business (our beloved thrift store) under the name Soroptimist nor could the store be associated with SIA. After almost a year of trying to...

  • Guest opinion: Doing nothing in a crisis makes things worse

    Mar 16, 2022

    Originally ran in the Billings Gazette Feb. 25, 2022 Reprinted with permission from the author by DARYL TOEWS The older people in our nursing homes have a problem. The state puts people on Medicaid and promises them services and then doesn't pay those who provide these services at a rate that is commensurate to the actual costs. Seventy-five percent of those in our nursing homes are on Medicaid and down to their last $2,000. Valley View, a non-profit nursing home in Glasgow, did pretty well in...

  • AG Knudsen Warns of Common Website Scams

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Attorney General Austin Knudsen is warning Montanans of three common website-based scams – including rental, pet, and ammunition scams. “Always be on high alert for scammers trying to rip you off through deceptive websites and marketing practices,” Attorney General Knudsen said. “There are a few simple tips to keep in mind as you’re making purchases, but always remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut.” For a rental scam, scammers will steal a photo of a local rental or real estate listing that is currentl...

  • Nominations Requested For Four Elder Justice Councils

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Montana Department of Justice and the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance are seeking individuals to serve on one of four regional Elder Justice Councils that were created by Governor Greg Gianforte in response to increased reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of senior citizens and adults with disabilities. DPHHS reports that in 2020, a record number 4,500 Montanans were the victim of elder abuse, an increase of nearly 30 percent since 2018. In 2021, the numbers increased...

  • Slam The Dam 6 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The Fort Peck Senior Citizens are sponsoring the sixth annual fun walk/run across the face of Fort Peck Dam on Saturday, March 19. It is called “SLAM THE DAM 6” (Run with the Wind). This is a non-competitive walk/run—no times will be kept. On the morning of March 19, the committee members will decide which direction the walk/run will go—depending on which way the wind is blowing that day. That means that hopefully, the wind will be at your back, if at all. Watch for signs as you arrive or listen to the radio to see from which side of the dam...

  • One More Chance to Skate!

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Join us Friday March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Skate Laps to Swim Laps at the Valley Event Center. This open skate session is $5 per person, which includes skating and skate rental with all money going towards the pool fund. Hi-Line Youth Hockey has committed to selling a full concession stand that evening as well. This will be the last opportunity to ice skate until next fall....

  • GHS Student Council Selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    GHS Student Council is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts with a delivery date of Friday, April 8. They will have 300 dozen of the original doughnuts available for purchase for $12/dozen. The money will be used to bring Zoo Montana to Irle School and the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana on Wednesday, April 13, as well as for rocking chairs for the Pioneer Museum, so patrons can sit, rest and visit. To order yours contact the Pioneer Museum at 228-8692 or any GHS Student Council member....

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 16

    Mar 16, 2022

    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 hours through April are Wednesday through Saturday, 10a.m. – 4p.m. Wednesday, March 16 1:30pm – 5:30pm – Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Clinic at the Valley County Health Department. 5:30 p.m. - Valley County Commissioner community meeting at the Glasgow Courthouse Courtroom. Thursday, March 17 10a.m. – Babies and Books story tim...

  • Valley County Community Foundation Announces New Scholarship

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    This summer, the Valley County Community Foundation will award its first scholarship designed to benefit students working on advanced degrees, announced Doris Leader, of Nashua. She chairs the Foundation board which administers the scholarship. The Thomas & Cynthia Markle Scholarship for Advanced Degree Study will assist students who have earned an undergraduate degree and are seeking further education. It is designed to assist students who have roots in Valley County as they work toward masters, doctorate, or post-doctorate level degrees....

  • Robert Dean Fjeldheim

    Mar 16, 2022

    "Never had it so good." Robert "Bob" Dean Fjeldheim was born in Spokane, Wash., March 27, 1950. He passed away at his home in Billings, Mont., on March 2, 2022, at the age of (almost) 72. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Reitan Cemetery north of Saco, Mont., near the Fjeldheim homestead. Bob's parents, Orville Fjeldheim and Gloria Braun Fjeldheim, met after WWII in Spokane. Orville and Gloria moved their young family to Glasgow, Mont., in 1953 to join Joe and Imelia Blazek to...

  • Lawrence 'Lorney' Boucher

    Mar 16, 2022

    Lawrence "Lorney" Boucher passed away in Parker, Ariz., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the age of 83. A memorial Mass will be Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, Mont. A luncheon reception will be held at the American Legion in Hinsdale at 1 p.m. He was born in Glasgow on April 14, 1938, to Edgar and Evelyn Boucher. He joined three siblings, Arlene, Donnetta and Walter "Bud." After the family moved to Baker, Mont., Rosezella was born. Lorney graduated...

  • Ukrayina Cherez iPhone.

    Richard Noble, For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    People around the world have had their eyes fixed on eastern Europe for the past number of weeks, watching the horror unfold as the conflict continues between Russia and Ukraine. But for the first time on this scale, we’re able to see an unfiltered view of what’s really happening. Rather than traditional outlets such as Fox or CNN, social media has become the platform of choice Ukrainian people are relying on to show the world what’s happening at their doorstep. How has this become the norm, then? Does it mean we’re afforded a more imparti...

  • USDA Updates Farm Loan Programs to Increase Equity

    Farm Service Agency, For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating its farm loan programs to better support current borrowers, including historically underserved producers. These improvements are part of USDA’s commitment to increase equity in all programs, including farm loans that provide important access to capital for covering operating expenses and purchasing land and equipment.   “USDA remains committed to examining barriers faced by all borrowers, especially those in economic distress, new and beginning, socially disadvantaged or otherwise underse...

  • USDA Offers Farm Loans For Underserved And Beginning Farmers And Ranchers

    Farm Service Agency, For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans. “Farming and ranching is a capital-intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations,” said FSA Acting State Executive Director in Mon...

  • Glasgow Stockyards' Market Report

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards as of March 3, showed 1,825 cattle with cows steady and bulls steady to strong. Utility and commercial cows brought in $68 to $79.50, topping at $82.50. Canner and cutter cows brought in $55 - $68 while bulls brought in $85-$103. Feeder cattle steady to strong on steers and heifer calves steady to lower. 400-500 SC brought in $223 to 254, HC $176 - $192.25; 500-600 SC $199 - $222.5, HC $159-$184, topping at $192. On Thursday, March 17 is the St. Patrick’s All Class Cattle Auction, followed by the R...

  • Deadline Extended for Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Point Improvement Grant Program

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The Montana Department of Agriculture has extended the application deadline for its Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Point Improvement Grant Program to May 15. Established with federal funds awarded to the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Multipurpose State and Tribal Assistance Grant (MPG) to assist with the installation, maintenance, and improvement of collection sites structures throughout the state, the new grant program protects Montana’s environment by keeping pesticide con...

  • Kristina McGee Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

    For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Kristina McGee, of Glasgow, Mont., was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. McGee was initiated at Montana State University. McGee is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate s...

  • Not Spring Yet

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    I'm not feeling very turtle-ish yet. Let me explain: years ago Dennis and I caught a comedy routine that contained the line "Hope springs in turtles." We still occasionally use that line. I had to go look it up in order to give credit to the comedian. His name is John Bowman, and the bit came from his In Stink routine. I will caution you that his language wasn't devoid of "bad words." The bit had to do with a stoner explaining that even though turtles are "slow and pokey" since they're carrying...

  • Mavericks Claim Third at State Class C

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    The North Country girls basketball team put on a show at the State tournament in Great Falls this weekend – outscoring their opponents by 97 points over four games – 252-155 – as they rolled over three teams on their way to claim third place. The Mavericks defeated Twin Bridges 59-28 in the opening day of the girls state tournament. North Country advanced to the Friday night game where they fell to the eventual second-place Box Elder Bears by a score of 58-53. On the back side of the brack...

  • Scottie Girls Make Final Four at State

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 16, 2022

    Glasgow's girls basketball team earned their first trip to the state tournament in 24 seasons this year. And the Scottie squad made the most of their trip to Bozeman, putting up a 2-2 record at the big dance for a fourth-place finish. Glasgow faced the South's number one seed Colstrip in the opening round, falling in a hard fought game 49-39. The Scotties rebounded in game two on Friday morning, defeating Thompson Falls 46-30. That win pitted Glasgow against Hi-Line rival Malta. The Scotties...

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