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  • Glasgow School Board Candidates Up For The Vote

    Bonnie Davidson, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    Years ago the choice for your local school board trustees was a much more difficult decision, as sometimes dozens would run for a spot on the local board. Times have changed as work schedules have become more fast paced, as parents strive harder to keep their kids engaged in school and extra curricular activities. This year three volunteers have stepped forward to run for a position on the Glasgow School Board. Here’s your chance to meet the candidates, two incumbents and one newcomer. All candidates were asked the same three questions: Give...

  • Battling Mental Illness One Song At A Time

    Bonnie Davidson, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    It's like a secret you keep stashed away in a tiny box in the back of your closet. Maybe you've fought depression your whole life, maybe you fight anxiety or thoughts of suicide, but most of the time many people try to battle it alone. One Montana musician, who is originally from the Hi-Line, Plentywood to be exact, decided he wanted to do something about mental illness. He battled his own illness and thought that maybe he could do some good to speak out about his experience and let people know...

  • Agencies Work Together To Create Community Fire Truck

    Bonnie Davidson, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    Last year The Courier reported on a truck donated from Hi-Line Ford by Norm Sillerud to be remodeled into a firetruck to be used in Valley County. That truck was completed and has just found a home in Opheim. Former Long Run Fire Department Chief Bob "Sparky" Hanson explained that the state helped pay for the equipment that now sits on the truck bed. Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) agreed to pay for all the equipment on back, valued between $110,000-140,000. The cost for...

  • Public Pre-K Problems

    Bonnie Davidson, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    It was a very well thought out argument at the last Glasgow School Board Meeting on Thursday, April 16. Glasgow Head Start Coordinator Pam Ost spoke out to the trustees about thinking about saving a part of the old Irle School building, to be used as a place for Head Start and other pre-kindergarten programs that may one day become part of the district. Her proposal was to form a committee to report back to the board at the next meeting with recommendations on the two story structure, that would include the kitchen. She spoke to the school...

  • School Elections Across Valley County

    Bonnie Davidson, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    Four out of the six school districts in Valley County will hold elections on Tuesday, May 5 this year. Absentee ballots have gone out already in each district, with only Nashua and Lustre canceling elections this year, several votes are already being counted, but just in case you haven’t cast your ballot yet, here’s what to expect in each district. GLASGOW The largest voting pool, the Glasgow ballot will have the most issues this year. With 1,726 absentee ballots sent out, the district has already seen 750 ballots return. Two trustee positi...

  • Childhood Abuse Lasts

    Richard H. Opper--Public Health and Human Services, Guest Column|Apr 29, 2015

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s safe to assume that every Montanan is against child abuse. But tragically, it happens all the time, the incidents of child abuse are actually increasing, and the impacts of abuse on the most vulnerable of Montana’s citizens – our children – often last a lifetime. Twenty years ago, the Center for Disease Control studied the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), or childhood trauma, and the physical and behavioral health problems of children as they reach adolescence and adulthood....

  • Livery Lives On

    Gwen Cornwell, Remember When|Apr 29, 2015

    I received a message from a former classmate regarding an article printed concerning livery stables in Glasgow. He reminded me of a house and barn located on corner of Third Ave So. I do know the house and barn he was talking about as I have several pictures in my possession of my Dad and siblings sitting on the roof gable outside a second story window. The outside structure has changed little today. I also remember Dad telling me how the family moved the chickens and milk cow calf to the loft of the barn during a flood in the late 20’s or...

  • Light Snow Pack Underscores Importance Of Stored Water

    Marko Manoukian--Co-Chair of St. Mary Rehab Group, Guest Column|Apr 29, 2015

    The most glaring number that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) provided at the March 24 St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group (SMRWG) meeting in Havre was not the $40 million construction cost for a new diversion structure. It was the fact that the current snow pack in the St. Mary/Milk River system was only at 65 percent. This highlights the importance of a reservoir and conveyance system. Reservoirs were able to capture fall storm events and 2015 early spring runoff. This gives the irrigation project full storage for the season. Without this...

  • Letter To The Editor

    Sierra Stoneberg-Holt|Apr 29, 2015

    Dear Editor, On Friday, SB 284 was signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. I expect it will land on the Governor's desk Monday. The governor plans to veto it, just as he did two years ago, and his successor did two years before that. So far the bill has passed both houses in 2011 (House 68 percent; Senate 54 percent), 2013 (House 63 percent; Senate 64 percent), and 2015 (House 60 percent, Senate 64 percent). The bill requires the FWP to get the approval of County Commissioners before releasing bison in a county....

  • Letter To The Editor

    Howard Pippin|Apr 29, 2015

    Dear Editor, This is an open letter to those who like to use the Saco shooting range that is operated by the Saco Shootist Society. This is a private shooting range that is operated on private land that is owned by the 1st Creek Ranch of Saco. They have been very gracious to us and in turn we attempt to pickup scattered boards and used targets. We have been vandalized a couple of times, but only once were we forced to lock it up due to misuse and vandalism. It is our job, as members, to keep the property cleaned up and the gates in good shape...

  • Delicate Issues Of Social Media Etiquette

    Bonnie Davidson, Bonnie & Box Of Chocolates|Apr 29, 2015

    Ever have that moment where you take a step back and think, I sure didn’t mean to offend, but somehow that came out wrong. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a million more sites are out there and used on a daily basis. We all have that account, it’s just how we use it that makes a difference. It seems small towns and close circles of friends can sometimes find themselves a little out of hand on the internet. Somehow you find yourself in an online battle that you didn’t mean to start. How do you get yourself out of it? Should you have not...

  • Aloysius 'Al' William Pratt

    Apr 29, 2015

    Aloysius "Al" William Pratt, 84, passed away at his home on his ranch north of Billings, Mont., on Friday, April 17, 2015. Vigil services will be held Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m., at St. Raphael's Parish in Glasgow. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael's Parish. Right of Committal will follow at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will take place at St. Raphael's Parish following committal. He was born May 31,...

  • Edmund R. Birkoski

    Apr 29, 2015

    Edmund R. Birkoski, 85, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 with his family at his side, at Valley View Nursing Home. He was born in Opheim, Mont., Sept. 10, 1929, to Joseph and Jennie Birkoski. He went to school in Nashua and Glasgow through the ninth grade. He married Phyllis Miller on June 7, 1959, and to this union had four sons. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage. He worked with his uncle on the farm and ranch south of Glentana until 1970. He then moved to Glasgow and worked at the Cenex stat...

  • Roy P. Christenson

    Apr 29, 2015

    Roy P. Christenson, 87, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Northern Montana Care Center in Havre, Mont. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at 1st Congregational Church, 629 2nd Ave N in Glasgow with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. He was born on May 11, 1927, in Hanks, N.D., to Peter and Esther (Sovold) Christenson, and was raised on the family farm outside of Hanks. Following his school years, he enlisted in...

  • Kevin Michael 'Doc' Ellis

    Apr 29, 2015

    Kevin Michael "Doc" Ellis, 57, was returned to the Lord on Monday, April 13, 2015, at his home in Nashua, Mont., after suffering a sudden heart attack. He was born July 6, 1957, in Pierre, S.D. He was employed in the shipyard as a welder in Seattle, Wash. He drove cab in Kitsap County in Bremerton, Wash., for many years. He earned his degree in computer networking at Spokane Community College and later worked as a call center IT technician at Getronics, in Spokane, WA. He enjoyed nurturing and...

  • Dawna Jeanne Heath

    Apr 29, 2015

    Dawna Jeanne (Dascher) Heath, 87, of Glasgow, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Ron Kapalka officiating, followed by burial in the Highland Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. She was born Nov. 9, 1927, in Glasgow at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital to Charles and Pearl (Robertson)...

  • Gary Maurice Johnston

    Apr 29, 2015

    Gary Maurice Johnston, 66, of Spokane, Wash., passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. He suffered a long, hard battle with COPD. He was born in Glasgow, Mont., on May 11, 1948, the son of Clifford and Ida Johnston. He grew up and attended schools in Glasgow. After high school he moved to Great Falls, where he met Bonnie Clark, who would become his wife on Nov. 18, 1967. He was employed by the Bonanza Meat Packing Company in Great Falls and later transferred to the Spokane, Wash., facility. In...

  • Clifford Eugene 'Cliff' Stannebein

    Apr 29, 2015

    Clifford Eugene "Cliff" Stannebein, 71, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 2800 4th Avenue North, in Billings, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. All who knew him are welcome to attend. He was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Scobey, Mont., to Hans and Lorene Stannebein. He grew up in Richland and attended school in Richland and Opheim, graduating...

  • Scotties Take The Top This Weekend

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    Glasgow boys and girls both came out on top in the team rankings at the Hinsdale Invitational track meet held at the Glasgow High School track this past weekend. The boys earned first place with a total point tally of 156 and the girls with a total of 199.33 points. "We're really proud of the kids. I think overall, we're seeing a ton of competitive athletes from Eastern Montana," Coach Tim Phillips said, reflecting on the day. "There are some really talented athletes from Class C, and it's alway...

  • Golfers Tee Off On Home Turf At Glasgow Invitational

    Bonnie Davidson, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    In the first invitational of the season the Glasgow Scotties hosted. While the weather held out and minimum winds made it a good day to swing a club. "Normally in Glasgow there's either rain, wind or snow and we were lucky we didn't have any of it," Coach Dave Riggin said. The boys team was able to snag a second place overall for the team with a total score of 413, only losing to Malta, whose score came in at 368. Two players were returning varsity lettermen players. Riggin said that all the...

  • Scotties Suffer First Conference Loss

    Lih-An Yang, The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    The Scottie softball team suffered their first conference loss to what many consider the top team in the division, the Conrad Cowgirls. The Cowgirls shut down the Scotties, 2-0, on April 25 at the Columbus Invitational Tournament. But not before the Scotties picked up three conference wins in Columbus, beating Huntley Project Lady Red Devils 10-4, Colstrip 16-8, and narrowly edging the tough Stillwater, 5-4. That brings the Scotties to a 3-1 in conference record, 9-2 overall. Scottie Tyra Johnson was the winning pitcher vs. Huntley Project and...

  • Wolff Signs Letter Of Intent To Dickinson

    For The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    Glasgow Scottie Amanda Wolff signed a NAIA National Letter of Intent last week to compete in both track and cross country for the Blue Hawks at Dickinson State University. Wolff is a two-time state placer in cross country and has been to the Treasure State All-Star Classic and Hi-Line Invitational Tournament as a participant in basketball. She competed this weekend during the Hinsdale Invitational and placed third in the 100-meter, second in the 3,200 meter....

  • Paddlefish Season Opens May 1

    For The Courier|Apr 29, 2015

    This year's Montana paddlefish seasons will again kick off on May 1 with the opening of the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton downstream to Fort Peck Dam. Camping and other access will be available at the James Kipp Recreation Area near the Fred Robinson Bridge south of Malta. The area is a popular location for paddlefish anglers and their families, and the public boat ramp at the Kipp Recreation Area is fully operational. For questions about the recreation area and other...

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  • Calendar of Upcoming Events In Our Area

    Apr 29, 2015

    WEDNESDAY – APRIL 29 6 p.m. - The Valley County Democratic Central Committee County Convention in the Valley County Courthouse Community Room. For more info, call 263-1940. FRIDAY – MAY 1 A special display, “20th Century History of Aprons,” will be presented during May at the Pioneer Museum. Anyone who has aprons to display can bring them to the museum the last week of April or call Barb Hoffmann at 228-4926. The museum will open for the summer season on Tuesday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. In June, Monday wi... Full story