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  • Glasgow Schools Start Search For New Superintendent

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 1, 2024

    The Glasgow School Board is scheduled to review applications for the open Superintendent position April 30, and then conduct interviews the following day, Wednesday, May 1. Review of applications are set to be done via Zoom while the interviews are scheduled to be held in person in the District Board Room. The School Board has received five applications for the open position including three from out of state and two from Montana including an application from a current district employee. The person selected will replace Wade Sundby who has...

  • Glasgow School Board Selects Flaten To Interview For Open Superintendent Position

    Michelle Bigebach, The Courier|May 1, 2024

    The Glasgow School Board met in special session on April 30 to discuss the five Superintendent applications that were received to fill the vacancy that will be left by Wade Sundby at the end of June. After serving the Glasgow Schools for four years, Sundby has accepted a position in Cut Bank. The five candidates included two in-state applicants, one of which is a current district employee, and three out-of-state applicants. The five candidates, their location and current position are as follows: Brenner Flaten Glasgow, Mont., Vice-principal-...

  • Glasgow School Board Addresses Budget Shortfall

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    The Glasgow School Board of Trustees continues to address the budget shortfall to the general fund, the main source of funding for the District. On April 23 the Board met in a work session and made the decision to move forward with the elimination of a principal position, after the Irle School Principal requested to be transferred to a teaching position. One principal position will be absorbed by attrition, saving the district nearly $84,000. This is in addition to $160,000 in cuts previously made, also through attrition, including three...

  • Valley County Community Foundation Announces Grant Awardees

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    The Valley County Community Foundation Chair Doris Leader is thrilled to announce that $45,210 is going back into our community to fund projects across Valley County. The 2024 Grant Application process was very competitive with 19 applications for requests of over $98,000. The Foundation board was thoroughly impressed with the community projects going on throughout the county that ensure our communities will continue to thrive for years to come. The establishment of the Foundation was solely to provide access to capital to be used for the...

  • Nashua School Board Candidates

    May 1, 2024

    Editor’s Note The following are statements from the four Nashua School Board trustee candidates who are running to serve on the Nashua School Board. All four candidates have provided permission to the Glasgow Courier to run these statements and have been published in their entirety. These four candidates are running for two open seats on the School Board. The incumbents are Sharon Merideth and Tim Bellon while Mark Bengochea and Kayla Thievin would be new to the position if elected. This election is an all-mail-ballot election. The ballots m... Full story

  • Two New Nashua Town Council Members Sworn In

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 1, 2024

    After the Nashua Town Council scheduled election was canceled due to municipal elections being held in odd-numbers years, the Town of Nashua Council got to work in accepting letters of interest from individuals to fill two open positions. These two positions have been held by Dave Leraas and Ann MacDonald, though their term expired Dec. 31, 2023. Leraas and MacDonald have been serving on the Nashua Town Council; however, they have not been recognized by the State of Montana as having fulfilled these roles due to no election being held as expect... Full story

  • County Schools Participate In District Music Festival

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 1, 2024

    A year of hard work came to fruition during the District 12/13 Music Festival in Culbertson April 19 and 20. Students from Hinsdale, Nashua, Lustre and Glasgow put on quite the show to the judges, showcasing the vocal and instrumental talent in Valley County. Those who achieved Superior ratings will be moving on to attend the State Music Festival May 3 and 4 in Billings. Glasgow Under the direction of Melissa Mickelson, the following Glasgow choral performances earned these ratings during the...

  • Lustre Class of 2024 Valedictorian & Salutatorian Announced

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    Lustre Christian High School is proud to announce the Class of 2024 Valedictorian Grace Brown and Salutatorian Cassidy Grider. These students have earned top honors for the class of 2024. They will be honored along with their fellow graduates and guests on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Lustre Christian High School at 3 p.m. The ceremony's commencing speaker is Bernie Swartzendruber. The 2024 Class Motto is: Psalms 145:13 - Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all...

  • Hearts Of Hope

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 1, 2024

    It was a beautiful day on April 26 for the Valley County HOPE Project to set up the Hearts of HOPE display at Heritage Park in Glasgow. Community members from all over the county are welcome to purchase a Heart in memory, honor or service of a loved one. Hearts will be displayed through Saturday, June 1. This display couldn't occur without the support of those purchasing the hearts as well as Todd Aune who provided the concrete blocks, NE Montana Beverage for the banner and Ben and Connie...

  • Torch Run 2024

    May 1, 2024

  • Concerns Regarding Fort Peck Rural County Water District

    May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, I would like to applaud Jody Sundheim Novak for her recent column in the Courier's Letter to the Editor section and giving the rest of us courage to publicly speak up about matters of great importance. If I were to take the Nashua Town Council name out of her letter and insert the Fort Peck Rural County Water District (FPRCWD) name, the story would almost be exactly the same. However, FPRCWD Board members took their efforts to a much lower level by actually violating the open...

  • Fort Peck Rural County Water District Board Lack Of Transparency

    May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor: The letter to the Editor in the April 24 Courier written on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Fort Peck Rural County Water District is another example of why Mary Kaercher and I are running for positions on the Board. We oppose Board practices that are NOT transparent and contrary to Montana law. Although this letter is purportedly from the Board – for the purpose of providing "relevant facts and evidence" related to "two candidate statements" that were "distributed" – the...

  • Governor Greg Gianforte Endorses Albus For State Legislature

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    Governor Greg Gianforte has endorsed 58 strong, conservative leaders who are running for the state legislature, including Eric Albus, of Hinsdale, House District 28. “We need strong conservative partners to continue building on our successful pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-family agenda. I’m proud to support these 58 proven community leaders who include experienced legislators, small business owners, farmers, ranchers, veterans, law enforcement officers, nurses, and educators. They share my commitment to make our state the best place to live, wor...

  • Lustre News

    Vivian Wall, For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    The Spring Concert for LCHS is scheduled for May 1 at the Lustre EMB Church, 7 p.m. It includes music from the grades five through eight of the Lustre Grade School, all under the direction of Dan Marasco. The Lustre Grade School is presenting their Spring program at 1 p.m. on May 10th in their gymnasium under the direction of Prince Agbisit. May 11 is the District Track meet to be held at Wolf Point. May 19 is LCHS graduation and May 22 is the eighth-grade graduation of Lustre Grade School....

  • Tester On Biden Administration Nursing Home Rule: "One-Size-Fits-All Mandates Won't Work For Montana"

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement reiterating his longstanding concerns after the Biden Administration finalized on April 22 the first-ever minimum staffing mandate for nursing homes: “I have repeatedly made it clear to President Biden and his Administration that one-size-fits-all mandates won’t work for Montana, and I have serious concerns that this burdensome staffing requirement will be unworkable for rural nursing homes. Long-term care facilities across Montana are already facing severe workforce shortage issues and rur...

  • Vintage Furniture

    Gwen Cornwell, For The Courier|May 1, 2024

    I have been thinking of some vintage furniture we will never see any more. Does anyone remember Murphy beds? I did decide to Google this item and was very surprised to see that I can still find several for sale. For those of you that have never seen a Murphy bed, it could be described as a vertical wall-bed. Many times, they had drawer storage on the sides. These were great for people with limited room space, a drop-down bed for family or maybe an extra bed for company. The other vintage item on my mind is an item that both my husband’s f...

  • Free Tree Day May 10

    For the Courier

    Valley County Free Tree Day 2024 will be held Friday, May 10, on the east lawn of the Valley County Courthouse starting at 7:30 a.m. A total of 1,000 trees will be given away during this one-day event including 200 Ohio Buckeye, 200 Common Lilac, 200 Horse Chestnut, 100 Saskatoon berry, 100 Red Twig Dogwood, 100 Golden Currant and 100 Villosa Lilac. There will be a limit of five trees per household and trees will be given out on a free come basis. Free Tree Day 2024 is funded by generous businesses and people of Valley County including... Full story

  • NWS Glasgow Presents SKYWARN 2024

    Glasgow National Weather Service, For the Courier

    SKYWARN is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters across the county. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. A Spotter Talk will occur on Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m., at the Valley County Courthouse, 501 E Court St. During this talk attendees will lean the basics of thunderstorms, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, type of information to report, how to... Full story

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    May 1, 2024

    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 Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. Visitors to the Fort Peck I... Full story

  • Melford Arrotta Services

    May 1, 2024

    Melford Arrotta, 97, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023. Funeral services with military honors will be held at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Mont., on Friday, May 3, 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Cottonwood Inn, Glasgow. At his request he has been cremated and will join his parents in the Grandview Cemetery in Saco, Mont. Burial will begin at 5 p.m. A full obituary was published in the Jan. 10, 2024, edition of the Glasgow Courier.... Full story

  • Ronie W. Shumway

    May 1, 2024

    Heaven got a very Special Man on Friday, April 19, 2024. Ronie W. Shumway, age 81, passed away at Billings Clinic, Mont., with his wife by his side. At the request of Ronie, no services will be held. Ronie W. Shumway was born on Jan. 18, 1943, to Frank and Vera (Marmon) Shumway in Wolf Point, Mont. He attended and played sports at Wolf Point Public School where he graduated in 1963. Right out of school his cousin George and him went and enlisted in the Navy. After he was discharged from the... Full story

  • Applications Now Available For 2024 Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    The Scottie Booster Club is currently accepting applications for 2024 Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships. The competitive annual scholarships are awarded to Valley County’s graduating seniors (Class of 2024) 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. Applications for 2024 scholarships must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 13, in order to be considered. Applications a...

  • Pearl Nickels Scholarship, Part of the FMDH Foundation, Established To Honor Legacy Of Colorful Life

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    Pearl Nickels, whose vibrant life was characterized by a passion for music, art, education, and unwavering friendships, has left a lasting legacy through the establishment of the Pearl Nickels Scholarship through the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation. This scholarship, established in her honor, aims to support aspiring nurses, and other medical professionals, in achieving their educational goals. Throughout her life, Pearl Nickels embodied resilience, determination, and an insatiable curiosity about the world around her. Despite not...

  • Lustre Christian High School Eighth-Grade Graduates

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    Kencia Brown Kayden Charette Wheeler Damboise Lauren Fast Holly Hilkemann Sidney Klatt Joel Reddig Ashtyn Traeholt Christopher Traeholt Bryson Allen AJ Loyd KJ Brown Justice Beyer Sheila Jones Jaycee Hilkemann Zach Hilkemann...

  • Younger Workers Must Balance Financial Priorities

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor CFP Arron Franzen, For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    If you’re a younger worker just starting out in your career, you’ve got tremendous personal and professional opportunities ahead of you. But this is also when you will need to make some key decisions — especially about your financial priorities. When considering your priorities, you may find it helpful to look at these three areas: • Paying off debts – If you’re like many young working people, one of your biggest debts may be your student loans — and paying these down is, by necessity, a priority, because falling behind on your student loan...

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