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  • Capitol Tree Bound for Washington

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    Area residents got a chance to check out the 79-feet-tall Christmas tree bound for the U.S. Capitol Mall. The tree's escort made a stop at the Valley Event Center in Glasgow on Nov. 17. Local, state, and federal law enforcement escorted the tree in and out of town with sirens blaring, an honor usually reserved for Scottie athletes going and coming from state tournaments. Though most of the tree was covered, attendees were able to see the top of the tree through plexiglass, decorated with... Full story

  • Courthouse Square

    James Walling, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    Local man William Kratzer was arrested Nov. 14 west of Glasgow. According to County Attorney Dylan Jensen, Kratzer has been charged with felony strangulation of a partner or family member. He was released Nov. 16 on a $25,000 bond with court dates pending. Valley County Commissioners Administrative Assistant Ruth Dowell would like to remind the public that the courthouse building will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.... Full story

  • Festival of Trees

    Rod Karst, For the Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    The 13th Annual Festival of Trees on Nov. 17 and 18, was a huge success! There were a record number of entries, 140 people were served at the Prime Rib dinner and more money was raised than ever at the auction. The People's Choice winners were Amy Aune's centerpiece entitled "Frosty" and JBR's tree "Christmas Brilliance." They will each receive Chamber Big Bucks. Overall, it was a great festival.... Full story

  • Third-Graders Decorate for Community Dinner

    Nov 22, 2017

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  • Community Dinner Set for Thursday

    James Walling, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    The Senior Citizen’s Center in Glasgow is once again hosting the Valley County Thanksgiving Day dinner. Don’t be confused by the venue. This is a community dinner and all are invited. The time is set for Nov. 23, from noon to 2 p.m., at 328 4th Street South. Over the past 26 years, almost 4,500 people have enjoyed the event. That said, there is always plenty of food and no one goes home hungry. The list of volunteers behind this year’s effort includes members of Glasgow High School Student Council, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint... Full story

  • Montana Dept. of Transportation Scraps Grass Range Round-A-Bout

    Michelle Bigelbach and James Walling, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    Montana Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley announced on Nov. 16 that MDT is scrapping the Grass Range round-a-bout project. Bob Sivertsen, one of the leaders of the effort to stop the round-a-bout, was pleased. “The people really stepped up,” said Stivertsen, adding that people have been, “signing petitions in opposition to the ill-conceived, unneeded and costly project and MDT finally listened.” Sivertsen, along with Senator Mike Lang of Malta and Rep. Dan Bartel of Lewistown, rallied contacts, personal and profess... Full story

  • Swanson Named Coordinator for Milk River Watershed Alliance

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    Sarah Swanson has recently been named Milk River Watershed Alliance’s new coordinator. She will be advocating for the health of the Milk River Watershed and the rehabilitation needs of the St. Mary facilities and diversion system. With deep roots in Northeast Montana dating back to her great-grandparent’s homestead north of Hinsdale, Swanson’s Hi-Line heritage has instilled in her a drive to work to enrich rural communities for future generations, while supporting the men and women of agriculture working in acres, instead of hours. She is a... Full story

  • Thanksgiving Movies

    D.K. Holm, In Defense of Criticism|Nov 22, 2017

    Thanksgiving is not a time for movies. It’s a day for football. And eating. Lots of eating. And getting together with family and friends, and then maybe watching some kind of variety show on the tube late at night. Yet the few Thanksgiving movies that exist actually tell more about the reality of the holiday than you’d expect. Probably the signature Thanksgiving movie of the small group of them made is Jodie Foster’s Home for the Holidays. It’s another entry in that turgid American tradition of the contrived family get-together, most often s...

  • Wild West Revisted

    Helen DePuydt, Saco Stories|Nov 22, 2017

    While I was attending high school in Malta, two south county ranchers were shot to death in the men’s restroom of a local saloon. The wild, wild west was not of the past; it was in the here and now! During the same time frame, a north county farmer/mailman came up missing. His frozen body was found beneath a bridge north of Malta. It was a sad state of affairs, the victim of gunshot was a family man. Ever after that, the bridge was named after the dead man. Many years later, I asked a retired businessman if the authorities ever had a clue i...

  • Combat the Opiate Epidemic

    Aaron Olson, Community Health|Nov 22, 2017

    According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the leading cause of accidental death in 2015 was drug overdose. The life toll from the drug epidemic has been consistently growing over the past couple of years with opiate addiction and overdose being one of the lead causes. Each year, more people use drugs for the first time and wind up addicted. Right now, the highest number of opiate overdoses are in the Northeast. The problem originally started with heroin as the main contributor. However, newer drugs have begun to escalate the...

  • Talking Tax Cuts, Inflation

    James Dean, Political Viewpoint|Nov 22, 2017

    When Congress cuts income taxes, they increase your inflation tax in secret. This is like taking money out of your left pocket rather than your right pocket. Either way, you pay. When it comes to taxes, ignore tax rates and focus on government spending. Your taxes only go down when spending goes down, not when income taxes go down. Income tax cuts combined with spending increases creates massive deficits. Since people don’t want to loan money to the federal government at two percent interest rates, the Federal Reserve electronically prints d...

  • Holiday Wishes

    Gwen Cornwell, Remember When|Nov 22, 2017

    I think that this memory might be area specific, but do you remember when the three meals of the day were breakfast, dinner and supper? I have been made aware over the years that terminology can be very confusing. It seems the more acceptable terms are breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wow, this can cause a lot of confusion, and I have tried just referring to meals as breakfast, the noon meal and the evening meal. With Thanksgiving upon us, this crazy thought crossed my mind. Why do we refer to our Thanksgiving meal as DINNER? Almost everyone that...

  • Community Involvement Counts

    From the Force, Glasgow Police Department|Nov 22, 2017

    The month of November is set aside for giving thanks, spending time with friends and family, and helping others. The Glasgow Police Department would like to take time this month to thank all of our local business owners and community members. There are endless reasons to appreciate what your support does for our area. Please indulge us as we take a moment to acknowledge a few things we know about how local collaboration and service benefit our community. Your involvement contributes to our community’s unique identity. Truly, we would not be u...

  • Theatre Endowment Update

    Jody Sundheim, Arts Funding|Nov 22, 2017

    The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, a 501c3 organization, has been dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of the beautiful Fort Peck Theatre. To accomplish this goal, an Endowment Fund was created, and professionally managed through the Montana Community Foundation, to generate sustainable investment returns used to fund major restoration projects. Past gifts to this Endowment Fund have been crucial in keeping this building looking as wonderful as it did back in 1934. This year, the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council has added an additional fund,...

  • Four Games, Four Wins for 14U Lady Ice Dawgs

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    The 14U Ice Dawgs had a successful opening weekend in Kalispell Nov. 17-19. They played four games and earned four wins – three of them shut-outs for goalie Elizabeth Nyquist. The games were held at Woodland Ice Center, an outdoor rink in Kalispell. The rink is almost the perfect setting for hockey games, with tall trees creating a canopy of sorts over the ice that amplifies the sound of skates on the ice and pucks hitting the boards. It is especially magical at night and is a favorite venue f... Full story

  • H. S. Hockey Defeats Gt. Falls

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    GEORGIE KULCZYK THE COURIER The high school Ice Dawg hockey team was in Great Falls for two games Nov. 18 and 19. The boys recorded two wins against the Americans, with one shut out for goalie Casey Mattfeldt. The pair of games began on Saturday afternoon with a 7-0 win for Glasgow, and finished Sunday morning with a second win 6-2. In Saturday's game, Glasgow's defense held the Americans at bay, allowing only 15 shots on goal for Mattfeldt to save. In comparison, Glasgow's offense recorded 41 attempts on their opponent's net. The Ice Dawgs... Full story

  • Squirts Claim Two Wins in Helena

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Nov 22, 2017

    GEORGIE KULCZYK THE COURIER The Squirt Ice Dawgs hit the road to Helena Nov. 18 and 19, and claimed two wins. While the first game against the Bighorns was a runaway for Glasgow (17-0), the second game was much more balanced (5-2). Jacob Potter earned a shut-out with Glasgow's first win against the Bighorns, stopping 10 of 10 attempts on his net. The Ice Dawgs took more shots at their opponent's net, scoring 17 of their 39 attempts. Leading the way in scoring was Bode Barnett with six goals. Als... Full story

  • Opheim Sports

    Janet Bailey, Courier Correspondent|Nov 22, 2017

    Opheim played three games against Frontier on Nov. 13. Opheim co-ed jamboree lost 6-30 with Dylon Allestad scoring three points, Rylee Nelson scoring two points, and Charlie Kaasa scoring one point. Opheim junior high girls lost 24-25 with Carrie Taylor scoring nine points, Raelee Dowden six points, Taylor Nelson four points, Mandy Fuhrmann three points, and Deja Crazy Bull two points. Opheim junior high boys won 33-29 with Cole Taylor leading the scoring with 21 points, Bo Anderson seven points, Zach Fauth four points, and Carrie Taylor one... Full story

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Nov 22, 2017

    THURSDAY – NOV. 23 – THANKSGIVING St. Marie Town Hall Office is closed. Valley County Courthouse is closed. Noon – 2 p.m. - 27th Annual Valley County Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Glasgow Senior Citizens’ Center. The meal is free and open to everyone. For more info., call 228-8392. 7 – 8 p.m. - Grief Support Group, GriefShare, at the Glasgow Evangelical Church every Thursday through Dec. 21. Call the church office at 228-2755 with any questions. SATURDAY – NOV. 25 Glasgow’s Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights. 1 – 2:30 p.m. - Free matinee at... Full story

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