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  • Montana Supreme Court Reverses Strommen Conviction

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 8, 2024

    The Montana Supreme Court reversed the conviction of former Valley County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Strommen on April 30. Due to the 4-2 decision by the Supreme Court, Strommen’s case is now remanded for a new trial. In December of 2018, Strommen was charged with sexual intercourse without consent. He was found guilty after the July 2020 jury determined he had initiated a non-consensual sexual relationship with the victim when she was 14 years old and the actions continued for years while Strommen was working as a Valley County Sheriff’s Deput...

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

    Michelle Bigelbach, T|May 8, 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 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- Irle...

  • Fight For Your Future X

    May 8, 2024

    Fight fans came together on May 4 at the Valley Event Center for an exciting night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action as part of KillEagle Promotions' Fight For Your Future X. The fight was host to 10 professional and amateur fighters featuring boxing and MMA. Representing Glasgow were Bobby Overbey, Thomas Kachler and Bridger Barnett while Tyson Sutherland, Jonathan Williams and Mason Garfield represented the Fort Peck Reservation during the night's activities. The night of fights raised money...

  • Nashua's FFA Host Fundraiser For Town's Senior Citizens Center

    Tracy Cumber, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    Within our very own community of Nashua, the Nashua Public School has reintroduced an agricultural curriculum into the school and is offered to grades eight through 12. Future Farmers of America (FFA) is an intra-curricular part of the program and students are given the option to serve as members of the officially chartered FFA-MT0142. Our vision is to grow a program designed to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences in and about agriculture. The goal of our Agricultural...

  • Frazer Students Have Drug Prevention Artwork Displayed In Glasgow

    Teri Mech, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    In 2022 the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program held a Valley County wide school art contest for all students, to have their Tobacco/Vaping Prevention poster displayed on a bench in the town of Glasgow. Frazer students, Kalianna Blount and Takoa Old Person were the only students that submitted their artwork. Due to unforeseen circumstances the poster was not able to be placed on the bench until April 30. Stop by and check out what these girls have accomplish at 2nd Ave South and 5th St....

  • Suspect Killed In Phillips County Shooting

    For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    At 7:39 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, Phillips County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address south of Saco for a person who had been shot. The suspect was reported still to be armed and threatened that anyone coming into the yard would get shot. Deputies and ambulance personnel responded to the scene. The suspect was confronted, resulting in a pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspect rammed his vehicle into a deputy’s car, disabling it. The deputies responded with deadly force and the suspect was killed. The original gunshot victim was...

  • Veteran Survey: Make Your Voices Heard

    May 8, 2024

    Dear Editor, Montana's veterans deserve to live with dignity and independence. The Department of Public Health and Human Services is conducting an important survey to understand and improve the living conditions for our veterans. We at the Veterans Navigation Network encourage every veteran, caregiver, and family member in Montana to participate. This survey will help the state understand what veterans need to live well in their communities. It looks at healthcare access, financial stability,...

  • Another Folly For Fort Peck Rural County Water District Board Members

    May 8, 2024

    Dear Editor, I am concerned the Fort Peck Rural County Water District Board has learned NOTHING from public input and their expensive legal opinions regarding open meeting laws and public transparency, consider the following:. After seeing the notice in BS Buzz that the rebuttal to my campaign materials would be available on April 24, 2024, I immediately sent the Board an email. I inquired about how the ads, the expenditure of funds and and rebuttal all got accomplished without a Board meeting!...

  • The New BLM Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

    May 8, 2024

    Dear Editor, Flushed with their success in using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to shut down the western U.S. timber industry (has anyone heard how the spotted owl is doing?), the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) bragged they would use the same ploy to shut down grazing on the federally managed western range lands. They were not successful but for the last 30 or so years the Federal and State governments have spent over a BILLION taxpayer dollars to 'save' the sage grouse. Now the Bureau...

  • Wearing Hats

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    I must apologize as I intended to get this to the Courier before Easter, but I am going to plead old-age. Since it is still on my mind and something many of us will remember, I am going to do so today. Remember when most ladies wore hats when they went shopping or to church? I really thought of that at Easter time. Many of you will remember the song “Put On Your Easter Bonnet, With All The Frills Upon It, And You Will Be The Grandest Lady In The Easter Parade.” I decided to dig in my closet and see what I still had and did find a hat to wea...

  • Veteran Service Officers Coming to Glasgow and Malta

    For the Courier

    Veteran service officers for the Montana Veterans Affairs will be visiting the following locations and times to meet with veterans who are interested in applying for benefits. Service officers will be in Glasgow at the VA Clinic from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. They will also be in Malta on Wednesday, May 15, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Malta City Hall. If you would like to apply for benefits with the VA please come and see the Veteran Service Officer at the appointed time and bring a copy of your discharge/separation (DD214) papers with...

  • Public Comment Being Accepted On Proposals For June 20 Commission Meeting

    FWP, For the Courier

    The Fish and Wildlife Commission is accepting public comment on agenda items for its June 20 meeting. The meeting will be held through Zoom only. To make a comment during the meeting, you must register by noon on June 19 on Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ website. Written comments can also be submitted through May 27 on the FWP website or sent to 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59601, Attn: Erik Wickman. The following proposals are up for public comment: Resident SuperTag Draft Rules: At its April 17 meeting, the commission authorized FWP to draft a...

  • COVID Additional Dose Recommended For Those 65 And Older

    Valley County Health Department, For the Courier

    CDC and ACIP now recommend that all persons aged ≥65 years receive one additional dose of any updated (2023–2024 Formula) COVID-19 vaccine – the same vaccine that they might have received fall 2023. Anyone with an immune system compromising illness and adults aged ≥65 years should receive an additional dose of the updated (2023–2024 Formula) COVID-19 vaccine to enhance their immunity and decrease the risk for severe COVID-19–associated illness. SARS-CoV-2 virus circulates throughout the year, and adults aged ≥65 years all persons with chronic... Full story

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    May 8, 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 Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 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

  • Thomas Klotz

    May 8, 2024

    On Friday April 19, 2024, at his home in Helena, Mont., after the day had settled, the winds had calmed and the stars illuminated the sky over the mountain tops, Thomas Francis Klotz, age 70, loving husband of Connie Klotz, stepfather of Braden Hallock and "Papa" to his sweet little girl Zoey (the well-known Papillion of downtown Helena), passed on from this life to the peaceful paths filled with butterflies and rainbows that were waiting for him following a long and difficult struggle with... Full story

  • Ila May Hensler

    May 8, 2024

    Ila May (Keough) Hensler, 94, of Missoula, Mont., passed away of natural causes, at home with her family by her side on Sunday, April 28, 2024. A quiet family Celebration of Life will take place this summer. Ila was born on Dec. 25, 1929, to Clarence and Bernice Keough near Opheim, Mont. As a young girl, she lived on the family farm and was the oldest of 10 children. Ila attended a one room school house where she was the only girl student. Later, she attended Opheim High School. After... Full story

  • Dennis Lee Whittle

    May 8, 2024

    Peacefully and surrounded by his family, Dennis Lee Whittle, age 73, of Fort Peck, Mont., passed away on Friday, March 29, 2024. Dennis was born on Jan. 12, 1951, in Watertown, S.D., to the parents of Kenneth and Lila (Gehrke) Whittle and attended school in Kadoka, S.D. He will lovingly be remembered by his children; Bill (Kay) Whittle, of Cooke City, Mont., Tami (Chris) Parker, of Clear Lake, S.D., Jamie Whittle, of Watertown and Ryleigh (Chad) Reesen, of Omaha, Neb. Grandchildren Tomie Ogren,... Full story

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    USDA in Montana reminds agricultural producers of important Farm Service Agency (FSA) program dates. Contact your local service center to apply and with any questions. Visit online at and *Note: The Acreage Reporting Date for Spring Alfalfa Seed, all other spring seeded crops, Perennial Forage, Hemp, Grazing acreage and CRP acres is 15 days before the onset of harvest or grazing, or July 15, whichever is earlier. June 2, 2025: Acreage Reporting Date for Nursery Crops for the ensuing crop year. Aug. 1, 2024:...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on May 5 show 371 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $120 to $143; canner and cutter cows $85 to $120; young feeding/turnout cows $135 to $178 and bulls $130 to $155.25. Nelson Ranch Black and Red Simmental and Simmental / Angus Bull Production Auction occurred. A total of 43 bulls were sold for an average of $5,291. The top bull sold for $7,000 and the top 10 average was $6,475. Volume buyers included Kirkland Ranch, of Fort Peck, with seven bulls and Wittmayer Grazing and Cornwell...

  • Financial Freedom: A Gift To Your Family

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor CFP Arron Franzen, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    Here’s a sobering statistic: 72 percent of retirees say one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to a study by Edward Jones and the consulting firm Age Wave. If you are near retirement, how can you prepare yourself to become financially free, so you won’t have to depend on grown children or other family members? Here are a few suggestions to consider: • Keep adding to retirement savings. Today, with a greater awareness of healthy lifestyles, many people are spending two, or even three, decades in an activ...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Glasgow Courier|May 8, 2024

    1 Years Ago Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Glasgow voters decided on a Glasgow Schools general fund levy for maintenance and operations that would raise an additional $54,000 for the $6.1 million budget. The general fund levy was passed, with 696 for and 591 against. The building reserve fund was also passed with 678 for and 607 against. Daggett and Billingsley were voted to serve the two three-year trustee terms. In the Nashua Board of Trustees, Joe Laumeyer and Joel Novak were selected to the... Full story

  • Is It Really Spring?

    Mary Honrud, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    My spring’s work has been going in fits and starts. Every time I start, Mother Nature throws a fit! At least it’s mostly actual rain now and not snow piling up. The grass is greening up. The trees are leafing out. Perennials are shooting up lots of green in the flowerbeds. That green can be hard to see in the beds I haven’t gotten around to clearing. There are still lots of dead leaves from last fall embedded in the lawn. I’ll eventually get around to mowing and maybe by that time those leaves will be dry enough the mower can annihil...

  • Scotties Tracksters Set PRs

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|May 8, 2024

    The Glasgow track teams hit two meets this past week: the 42nd Annual Norm Girard Top 10 in Glasgow April 29 and the Gene Nelson Memorial Meet in Wolf Point May 3. The boys set six personal records at the Top 10 while the girls hit four personal bests and one season record. In Wolf Point the boys won the meet with 91.5 team points and the girls finished second with 98 team points. The boys notched nine personal bests and one season record while the girls established five personal records and...

  • Scottie Softball Ends With A 6-10-1 Season

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|May 8, 2024

    The Scottie softball team went 1-1 last week to enter the final week of the regular season with a 6-10-1 record. Glasgow fell at home May 2 to Havre 10-1 in seven innings but earned a 13-3 road win over Glendive May 4. The Blue Ponies took a 1-0 lead after two innings and increased their lead to 8-0 after four. The visitors scored twice more in the seventh and shut the Scotties out in the bottom of the inning to earn the win. Glasgow was outhit 12-4 in the game and committed two errors while...

  • Lustre Track Ends Regular Season

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|May 8, 2024

    The Lustre track teams attended the Scobey Froshmore Invite in Wolf Point April 23, the Whitewater Invitational and the Glendive Shriners Invitational, both April 26, last week. The Lions also competed at the 42nd Annual Norm Girard Top 10 Meet in Glasgow April 29 and the Gene Nelson Memorial Invite in Wolf Point May 3. At the Froshmore Invite, the boys scored 59.5 points to take fourth place while the girls scored 10 points to tie for 11th place. The underclassmen boys set nine personal bests...

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