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  • 2017 Ag Census Released

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture in April, which showcased a wider net of demographic information as well as provided financial health of those involved in the industry. The Census is taken every five years, and provides the most complete set of data for American agriculture. It also provides information such as land use, farm ownership and decision-making, demographics, production practices, income and expenses. This year’s census, released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Sta...

  • Great Fun at NE MT Special Olympics

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    The Northeast Montana Area Games for Special Olympics Montana took place at the Glasgow High School track last week, May 2. With community support from GHS students and faculty, local law enforcement and community members, the games welcomed just over 20 athletes from Glasgow and the surrounding area. Throughout the day those athletes participated in events such as the softball throw, standing long jump and assisted and unassisted foot races, all of which would decide which of those...

  • Keystone XL Won't Move Forward in 2019

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    After a year of ups and downs and a last-ditch effort by President Trump to keep the construction season on track, TransCanada Executive Vice President Paul Miller stated the project has missed their 2019 construction season due to court delays. In October 2018, truckloads of pipes to be used in the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline were seen across Northeast Montana, travelling to staging areas along the pipelines’ future route in northern Phillips and Valley County. Preparations for worker camp construction were also underway and p...

  • Rep. Gianforte, Sen. Daines, Local Officials Fight Back on CBP

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    The saga continues regarding Customs and Border Protection (CBP) wanting to reduce hours at four ports of entry in Montana, while legislators and those who utilize the border see the reductions in hours detrimental to imports, exports and ways of life. Congressman Greg Gianforte, Senator Steve Daines and significant leadership from the Hi-Line, including Valley County Commissioners and the Glasgow Mayor, met on May 2 at the Valley County Courthouse to discuss the impacts the change in hours would have as well as a possible solution that would...

  • A Lesson in Grace and Giving

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King Since arriving in Glasgow in January of 2016, Bryon and Lindsey Gustafson have been a living embodiment of the compassion that makes Valley County great. The two arrived from Great Falls when Bryon took on the position of youth pastor at the Glasgow Evangelical Church. The couple and all their children live in Nashua. Those children include the numerous foster care kids...

  • Montana Is A Shining Example of How Our Political System Should Work

    May 8, 2019

    Dear Editor, At the start of the legislative session, I delivered my fourth and final State of the State address. I shared my optimism that in Montana we can still be a shining example of how our political system is supposed to work and that as elected leaders we should base our decisions not only on today's needs, but with an eye toward improving the Montana our kids and grandkids – future legislators and governors – will inherit. That optimism was proven in the 66th Montana Legislative Ses...

  • Economic Development Creates Opportunity, Prosperity in Montana

    May 8, 2019

    Dear Editor, Economic Development Week is a time to reflect on the many successes of public-private partnerships to grow businesses, create jobs and strengthen the economy. This year, Montana has something extra to celebrate with the bipartisan passage of House Bill 52. HB 52 reauthorizes Montana's suite of integrated economic development programs until 2027 - tools like Certified Regional Development Corporations, Small Business Development Centers, the export trade program at the Department...

  • Legislature Passed Gains for Wildlife, Habitat

    May 8, 2019

    Dear Editor, The 2019 turned out to be a success for wildlife and habitat. We look back at a session that had more than 80 bills affecting our core issues of wildlife, habitat and access, and see many wins and a handful of losses when it comes to improving public access to public lands. First off, our best conservation and hunting access program, Habitat Montana, came out of the session intact and fully funded. Habitat Montana uses hunting license dollars to protect important wildlife habitat...

  • A Shout Out to High School Students

    May 8, 2019

    Dear Editor, Being around high school students can teach one many valuable lessons. As adults, we often dwell on the mistakes of the youth and the poor choices they make. However, let's take a step back and view the wholesomeness, compassion, and the genuine concern these students have for others. On May 2, I was fortunate to take students down to the Glasgow track field to help with the Special Olympics Track Meet. Mr. Karst designed jobs for each student, and without trepidation, they...

  • Vaccines Protect You, Your Family, and Your Community

    May 8, 2019

    Dear Editor, Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles cases. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly. But measles is also easily preventable with a vaccine. There's a lot of misinformation swirling around, so let me provide the facts: vaccines save lives. Vaccines protect our children from debilitating and deadly disease, and they promote the overall health of our...

  • Remember Resoling Shoes

    Gwen Cornwell, Remember When|May 8, 2019

    How long ago has it been since you even thought about having your shoes resoled? Some people (mostly men) still have cowboy boots resoled but it is not as common as it used to be. Just maybe because there are not many shoe repair shops in our area. I remember going with my Mom to a couple of them located in Glasgow. I was not the individual carrying the pocket book, nor did I have to worry about those things in that era, but I am sure there were many services rendered in leather work by these shops. Leather was the material in most all shoes,...

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    May 8, 2019

    The Valley County Pioneer Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information or special arrangements call 406-263-7344. Fort Peck Interpretive Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the end of September. Powerhouse tours are available by appointment until Memorial Day weekend, May 25, when they are then offered at regular times daily through Labor Day, Sept. 2. Both are free. Call 406-526-3493 for more information. WEDNESDAY – MAY 8 5:30 – 8 p.m. - Montana Pint O’Beer Run at the Busted Knuckle Brewe... Full story

  • Jeane L. Hughes

    May 8, 2019

    Jeane L. (Figmaka) Hughes, age 87, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, in Glasgow, Mont. Funeral services will be held at the First Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. She was born on April 27, 1932, to Gertrude (Vegge) Figmaka and Stephan Figmaka. She grew up on the Figmaka farm south of Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950. She married Donald "Bud" Hughes on Oct. 6, 1951, in Glasgow.... Full story

  • Mary JoAnn Miller

    May 8, 2019

    Mary JoAnn (Shuman) Miller, 78, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019, at her home in Glasgow, Mont. Services will be held later this summer. JoAnn was born Oct. 30, 1940, in Culbertson, Mont., to Evron and Maxine (McCormick) Shuman. She grew up and graduated from Wolf Point, Mont., in 1958. JoAnn married Richard Miller on Feb. 23, 1960, and they had three children: Rick, Darla and Dan. JoAnn loved to have fun and was always the life of the party. You never knew what she was going to say or do,... Full story

  • Inez Jaycox Hammond

    May 8, 2019

    Inez (Walters) Jaycox Hammond was born in Jerome, Idaho, fifth of eight children to Carl and Stella Walters on Oct. 7, 1920. She died on Friday, April 5, 2019, just short of a full century of life lived to the fullest. The family is planning on a memorial in August in Hinsdale, Mont. When she graduated from high school near the end of the "Dirty Thirties," as she always called this era, she left Idaho and took a job in Nevada as ranch cook on one of the many cattle ranchers of the Utah... Full story

  • Harold Arthur Feldt

    May 8, 2019

    Harold Feldt, 94, of Wishek, N.D., passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019, at the Wishek Living Center in Wishek. Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 19, at the Berlin Cemetery in Berlin, N.D., starting at 2 p.m. Harold Arthur Feldt, son of Arthur S. and Elizabeth (Wellnitz) Feldt, was born on Sept. 1, 1924, at Glasgow, Mont. Harold was raised in Montana and loved spending time in the mountains. He met his bride, Aurora Muske, and they were united in marriage in 1947. They made their... Full story

  • Mental Health Walk Rescheduled

    For the Courier|May 8, 2019

    The annual Mental Health Awareness walk scheduled for May 4 was postponed but the CARE Mental Health Committee wants the community to know the new date is Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. A committee person was asked if it was necessary to reschedule. The answer: one in five people is affected in some way by mental illness and that means that several hundred in Valley County are affected. If the Walk can cause any lessening of stigma, or lead to just a few of those hundreds to seek help, then the Committee has to make the effort again. Mark the... Full story

  • Free Alzheimer's Association Program

    For the Courier|May 8, 2019

    The Alzheimer’s Association is offering “Effective Communication Strategies” at the Valley County Senior Center on Wednesday, May 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Presented by Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator Susan Gobbs, this is an educational presentation during which attendees will learn about: how communication takes place when someone has dementia; verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia; and strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by... Full story

  • Saved By The Comedy

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    Ready to escape the news cycle? Get ready for a Fallback Friday live at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites next Friday, May 17. Saved by the Comedy will be in town with their ‘90s throwback comedy show “that’s all that and a bag of potato chips.” Rene Garcia, Lukas Seely, Edi Z., John Brickley and Conner Roma will make you bust a gut with their stand-up, improv, sketches and song parodies. Starting at 8 p.m., kick back in your Docs and flannel and enjoy the show. The first 100 people at the door will receive a free slap bracelet. Seely brings some lo... Full story

  • Legal Document Clinic Coming to Glasgow

    For the Courier|May 8, 2019

    The Montana Aging Services Bureau will be holding a Legal Document Clinic on Thursday, May 16, at the Valley County Senior Center, 328 4th Ave., Glasgow, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Legal professionals will assist participants in completing their estate planning documents at no cost. The program serves seniors and tribal members age 60 and older and the services provided at the clinic are not designed to handle complex estates or large assets and does not handle any trusts. Professionals will help seniors draft, review, notarize and copy each... Full story

  • Glasgow Middle and High School Spring Concerts

    Brad Persinger, For the Courier|May 8, 2019

    The Glasgow High School music department will have their spring concert on Monday, May 13, starting at 7 p.m., in the Glasgow High School auditorium. The groups featured will be the swing choir, concert choir, and concert band. The Glasgow Middle School music department will have their spring concert on Monday, May 20, starting at 7 p.m. in the Glasgow High School auditorium. The groups featured will be the sixth-grade choir, the seventh/eighth-grade choir, the sixth-grade band, and the seventh/eighth grade band.... Full story

  • Apologies and Rotten Weather

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|May 8, 2019

    I guess apologies are in order. In my column a few weeks back, I talked about the possibility of late snow and frost up here. Did I bring on this snowstorm/blizzard watch that was issued a couple of weeks ago? I don't think I have that kind of power, but just in case, I'm so sorry. I know no one wanted this white mess and the power outages that occurred on Sunday, even if we are happy to have the moisture. It wasn't technically a blizzard since we didn't have sustained winds of 35 mph, but it...

  • GHS Students Participate at State Music Festival

    Brad Persinger, For the Courier|May 8, 2019

    Forty Glasgow high school instrumental and vocal students took part in the Eastern State Music Festival at Billings Senior High School on May 3 and 4. Here are the results from the instrumental and vocal entries: Superior (I) Ratings Colin Jamba – tenor sax solo Bailee Baxter – melodica solo Clarinet Duet – Hannah Anderson/Morgan Paju Glasgow High School Jazz Band Woodwind Duet – Isabelle Griffin/Colin Jamba Jazz Duet – Vincent Chappell/Colin Jamba Isabelle Griffin – flute solo Heidi Ander...

  • Mark Jakanoski Services

    May 8, 2019

    Mark Stephen Jakanoski, 63, of Billings, Mont., passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Riverstone Hospice House, surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m., at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Mont.... Full story

  • Tracksters Compete All Over the State

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|May 8, 2019

    Top athletes from around the region assembled at Scottie Field on April 30 for the annual Top Ten Track Meet. Glasgow's head coach Tim Phillips was impressed with the Scottie's effort. "We didn't hit a home run every time in every event, but there were a lot of great performances," he said. "We had more breakthrough performances that are really impressing me." Arguably, the most outstanding display of the evening was a record-breaking javelin throw by senior Tehya Campbell. Her mark of 128-8...

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