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  • The Stage is Set For A New Season at FPST

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    It was a different kind of year for the Fort Peck Summer Theatre and the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council thanks to COVID. Had everything been normal in 2020 and 2021, they would have been hosting their 20th annual auction fundraiser, but last year they were forced to cancel their 19th and this year they were forced to change the format, broaden the timeline and compensate for an upcoming season that will take place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a normal year, the fundraiser includes a...

  • Valley County COVID-19 Update

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    The Valley County Health Department announced on March 29 that the county is down to five active cases of COVID-19. A mere three new cases have been recorded since the previous update from the department on March 22. Two of those cases were in the 30-39 age range, one male and one female, and one male in the 60-69 bracket. To date, Valley County has registered 874 total coronavirus cases. The county has recorded 11 deaths from the virus while 858 persons are considered recovered. Per the Valley County Health Department, 64 cases required...

  • Schmeckfest a Hit, 'As Per Usual'

    Mar 31, 2021

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  • For the Majority, Not the Wealthy Few

    Mar 31, 2021

    Dear Editor, The Gianforte Administration and the GOP majority in the legislature campaigned and were elected because they said they would bring jobs to Montana, support small businesses and improve our infrastructure. What is actually happening is multiple tax breaks for the wealthy, and budget cuts for the rest of us. There are bills cutting services for Montanans with disabilities, seniors, Child Protective Services, and other essential public services. This comes in the middle of a pandemic...

  • Targeted COVID Package Will Reopen Our Economy

    Jon Tester, US Senator|Mar 31, 2021

    One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers, and Spring is on the horizon. But even with this good news, we still have work to do before we get through the worst public health and economic crisis in generations. Over the past year I've had hundreds of conversations with families, workers, doctors, educators,...

  • CONTINUING FEDERAL GRAZING DISTRICT'S WATER RIGHTS SAGA

    Ron Stoneberg, Valley County Conservation District|Mar 31, 2021

    The Valley County Conservation District has been trying to alert their constituents, and others, about how the federal government is succeeding in taking the vested water rights away from the Federal Grazing District allotment holders without any just compensation. The feds were aided by our Montana Water Court and the Montana Supreme Court which both ruled in favor of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Beaver Creek (south Phillips and Valley counties) adjudication. These courts may...

  • A Clean Bill of Health for American Prairie Reserve's Bison, and A Fresh Start With Phillips County

    SCOTT HEIDENBRINK, American Prairie Reserve|Mar 31, 2021

    This month, American Prairie Reserve shared with the Phillips County Conservation District that, as before, our bison herd has been given a clean bill of health. As Senior Bison Restoration Manager for American Prairie, I am one of several members of our team that's living and working in Phillips County, supporting the day-to-day management of the bison herds that graze on our properties. The health of our herds is just as important to us as it is to our neighbors in Phillips County. Earlier...

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Mar 31, 2021

    The Valley County Pioneer museum’s hours for February through April will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fort Peck Interpretive Center is open Monday through Friday by advanced appointment only. Masks are required and group size will be limited. Call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 406-526-3493 for more information. Links to the menus for area schools are listed below: Hinsdale School https://hinsdale.k12.mt.us/District/1128-Untitled.html Saco School http://sacoschools.k12.mt.us/District/1571-Untitled.html Opheim School https:/...

  • 2021 Registration now rolling for Fort Peck Summer Theatre's Annual Performing Arts Camps

    Mar 31, 2021

    As we navigate out of the pandemic, Fort Peck Summer Theatre is overjoyed that the 2021 Performing Arts Camp is on track to continue as scheduled. As the company proceeds with cautious but optimistic plans for the 2021 season, the annual camp promises to again be a summer highlight. As always, the safety and health of each camper and staff will be a priority. Students at FPST Performing Arts Camp are exposed to a comprehensive theatre experience, with a vast array of classes. In addition to performance focused classes, the professional...

  • The Jake Etchart Scholarship Now Available

    Mar 31, 2021

    Jacob Etchart grew up spending summers at Fort Peck Lake with much of his time spent around the Fort Peck Theatre where his family was actively involved as volunteers. He loved watching his sisters Alexa and Christen and many friends perform on the Fort Peck stage. Jake played the role of The Real Professor Plum in Fort Peck’s production of CLUE. ​Jake’s family and friends established a theatre scholarship endowment in his memory which awards up to two $1,000 scholarships each year for undergraduate students pursuing a career in the Fine Arts....

  • Frank John Mersen Jr.

    Mar 31, 2021

    F.J. Mersen was born on July 31, 1928 in Glasgow, Mont. to Frank Mersen Sr. and Louise Opheim Mersen, to the delight of his sister, Betty. F.J. passed away on March 27, 2021, leaving this world as sharp as a tack and remembering just about every car he sold. F.J. attended school in Glasgow through high school. He was confirmed in the First Lutheran Church in 1942. F.J. served in the Marine Corps from 1946 through 1948 where he served in the Honor Guard. He attended the University of Montana in...

  • Darby Dean Rogney

    Mar 31, 2021

    Darby Dean Rogney passed away on March 23, 2021 in Glasgow, Mont. He was born July 12, 1951 in Sidney, Mont. to Lloyd Rogney and Dorothy King. He was the youngest of three children and grew up in the small town of Fairview. Most of his childhood he was active in the Boys Scouts and he was very proud of reaching the highest recognition of becoming an Eagle Scout. He had a love for cars and music. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1970. He began his career with the Great Northern Railroad...

  • Carol A. Brown

    Mar 31, 2021

    Carol A. Brown, 83, of Fort Peck passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Valley View Home. She leaves behind her husband, Don; son, Tracy and his family; daughter, Tammie and her family. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements....

  • Denise Tiffany

    Mar 31, 2021

    Denise Tiffany, age 74 of Glasgow passed away on Monday, March 29 at her son Michael’s hose in Bismarck, ND. A full obituary will run next week....

  • Watercolor Workshop at Wheatgrass

    LEITH DEWEESE, For the Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    One spring afternoon I was driving home to Saint Marie. I happened to hear about a watercolor workshop at the Cottonwood. I'd done a lot of acrylics but very little Watercolor, so I signed up. That's where I met Lance Johnson. Over the next 13 years, he has become my mentor, my friend and eventually a fellow colleague. Lance Johnson has roots in Wolf Point but works out of Billings. A professional artist, he specializes in landscapes, wildlife, and Native American themes. His work can be found...

  • Springtime in Montana

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    It’s definitely a Montana-style spring going on: spits of rain one day, flurries of snow the next. Between the two, we measured .08” of moisture last week, and every bit counts. The snow Friday evening measured about 3” of wet fluff. It was only 25° Saturday morning, with a stiff breeze, so I didn’t attempt making a snowman. Of course, the almost constant winds are busy sucking that much desired moisture right back up into the sky and blowing it away. Dennis tells me the soil temperature at a depth of 4” is still only 40°, so it’s much t...

  • Scottie Golf Opens Season in Shelby

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    The Glasgow Scottie golf team traveled across the Hi-Line to Shelby late last week to kick off their 2021 season. As is often the case with Spring Sports in Montana, the Scotties ran into some inclement weather. "It was a super cold day," Coach Todd Truscott said of Friday, which saw rain and snow. Despite what Mother Nature threw at them, the Scottie Boys posted a third-place finish led by Riley Smith, who tied for fourth place with a score of 87 in varsity competition. Conrad and Fairfield...

  • 2021 District 3C All-Conference

    Mar 31, 2021

    Girls Player, Grade, Team Gracee Lekvold*, 12, Scobey/Opheim Kaitlyn McColly*, 12, North Country Jaycee Erickson*, 11, North Country Kia Wasson, 12*, North Country Teagan Erickson*, 9, North Country Paige Wasson, 9*, North Country Alexa Reddig, 9*, Lustre Melony Fetter, 12, Dodson Karys Lamp, 11, Scobey/Opheim Kataya KillEagle, 9, Dodson Ryleigh Backman, 12, Scobey/Opheim Devin Fromdahl, 12, Nashua *All State Defensive team: Kaitlyn McColly, North Country; Jaycee Erickson, North Country; Gracee Lekvold, Scobey/Opheim; Karys Lamb,...

  • Applications Available for Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships

    Mar 31, 2021

    The Scottie Booster Club is currently accepting applications for 2021 Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships. The annual scholarships are awarded to Valley County's graduating seniors who played basketball in high school or who plan to pursue a degree in a medical or health-related field. Other considerations for scholarship awards are community service, academic achievement, and financial need. Deadline for 2021 applications is May 10. Applications are available from guidance counselors in...

  • Scottie Track & Field Looking to Get Back to it in 2021

    Tim Phillips, For the Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    Of course we are very excited to be back at for track and field this spring, after missing 2020. We’re disappointed we had some upper classmen that didn’t come out - they could have helped our teams a lot! But we are just SO excited by the athletes who are here! We have very young teams, but they are also eager to learn and have been a joy to coach over the last few weeks! Our returning seniors this year include Carl Zabrocki in the distance events, Sam Rodgriguez in the throws and Colter Cumber in the sprints and vault. Our lone senior for...

  • Glasgow Academic Olympics

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 31, 2021

    Wolf Point played host to the Academic Olympics last Wednesday, March 24. Glasgow took two teams to compete against Malta, Plentywood, Poplar, Sidney and Wolf Point. Team 1 consisted of seniors Wil Knierim and Blake Sigmundstad, junior Blaire Westby, sophomore Lane Thompson, and freshman Quincy Walls. Team 2 members were senior Keevan Sibley, juniors Bergen Miller and McKenna Strommen, sophomore Riley Smith and freshman Tanner White. Glasgow’s Team 2 took Second Place on the team test, which combined scores from all four written exams c...

  • Glasgow Key Club Convention

    Mar 31, 2021

    The Kiwanis-sponsored Glasgow Key Club attended the Montana District Convention last week. According to faculty advisor Kristina McGee, Key Club State was fully online this year. The Glasgow organization turned in all required paperwork for the State Conference and had six of their members attend, plus Kiwanis advisor, Dr. Charles Wilson. Key Club members attending were Ben Kompel, Ava Lloyd, Kate Parks, Nicole DeGreek, Emma Whitmer and Mason Swenson. Swenson was sworn in as Lt. Governor for Dis...

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