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  • Lawsuit Filed Against Valley County Commissioners

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 29, 2024

    Minutes before the Valley County Commissioners held their regular Discussion and Decision meeting on May 22, the Valley County Commissioners Mary Armstrong, Paul Tweten and John Fahlgren, were served with papers detailing a complaint and demand for jury trial by Brian Austin, who currently holds the position of Valley County Landfill Supervisor. The complaint and demand for jury trial was filed in Valley County District Court on May 10. In addition to the Commissioners being named as defendants individually, the Board of County Commissioners...

  • Absentee Ballots Mailed Out For June Primary Election

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Voting has started for Montana’s June Primary Election. Over 450,000 absentee ballots have been mailed to voters in Montana who prefer to vote from their home rather than going to a polling place. In Valley County, 3,494 absentee ballots were mailed and have arrived in mailboxes. A total of 70 percent of voters in Valley County prefer to vote absentee instead of voting at a polling place on Election Day. There are 4,937 registered voters in Valley County. Voter turnout in Valley County has been dropping for the June primary election. In 2018 v...

  • City Council Approves Then Rescinds Motion To Approve FMDH Purchasing Portion Of Hoyt Park

    Michelle Bigelbach|May 29, 2024

    During the May 20 regular Glasgow City Council meeting, normal business was conducted including approving consent agenda items such as payment of claims and meeting minutes from the May 6 regular council meeting as well as reviewing ordinances and resolutions. The biggest topic of the meeting once again however was the sale of a portion of Hoyt Park to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH). This topic has been brought up in Council meetings over the course of a few months with the Council voting to accept the recommendation to move forward...

  • Governor Gianforte, DPHHS Honor Emergency Medical Services Responders Including Hinsdale Ambulance

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Governor Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Charlie Brereton honored Montana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel from Glendive, Big Sky, Rudyard, Ennis, Great Falls, and Hinsdale during an awards ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday, May 22. "From offering community support to responding to emergencies, our EMS providers across Montana work around the clock to deliver life-saving care to Montanans in need," Gov. Gianforte said. "Today,...

  • Area Students Achieve Superior Rating At State Music Festival

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 29, 2024

    After achieving the highest rating of Superior during the District 12/13 Music Festival in Culbertson at the end of April, vocal and band students from Glasgow, Lustre, Hinsdale and Nashua School traveled to Billings at the beginning of May to participate in the State Music Festival on May 3 and 4. Nashua: Under the direction of Melissa Mickelson, Nashua's band and choir director, these students achieved the following ratings: Nashua senior Caden Laumeyer – Superior Rating for his solo s...

  • Glasgow High School 2024 Graduation

    May 29, 2024

  • Valley C.A.R.E. Coalition

    May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, Hey everyone! I want to shine a spotlight on an organization that has accomplished some AMAZING things in our community, the Valley C.A.R.E. Coalition. The Valley C.A.R.E. Coalition strives to help facilitate positive changes that reduce stigma and raise awareness about behavioral health, as well as to enhance the resources available in Valley County to promote wellness for all community members. I wanted to share with you the profound fulfillment I’ve experienced through my i...

  • Standing Up To A Governor Who Doesn't Respect Fishing And Hunting Values

    May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, If there is one thing every business owner, rancher, and manager agrees on, it's that if you don't have good people, you don't have much. And if there's one thing Montanans (and, increasingly, outsiders) know, it's how good our hunting and fishing opportunities generally are. They make life here special. They feed our families and shape our lives. We tend to assume these same opportunities will continue for our kids, regardless of income-but Governor Gianforte and Fish, Wildlife &...

  • Dirty Politics

    May 29, 2024

    *Paid Political Content* Dear Editor, I am writing to warn voters about the dirty politics being played in the primary elections in House District 29 and Senate District 15. Now in my eighth year as a state legislator including four years at House Majority Leader, I have had many occasions to observe the "dark" side of politics. However, this primary election has shocked even me with the lies and distorted voting records presented as facts in mailers urging voters not to support Speaker Pro... Full story

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    May 29, 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 Fort Peck Interpretive Center is open for the summer! Memorial Day through Labor Day, weekly Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 406-526-3493 or follow us on Facebook for activities and events: @USACEFortPeck. St. Raphael’s Rummage Sale is scheduled for June 20 through 22. They are now accepting donations for the sale. Don... Full story

  • Valley County Transit Providing Transportation To FPST

    For the Courier

    Valley County Transit will be providing transportation to the Fort Peck Summer Theatre the first Sunday of each play: June 2, June 16, July 7, July 28, Aug. 18. Call Valley County Transit at 228-TRIP (8747) to reserve your seat and for more information....

  • 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, June 11. They will also be in Malta on Wednesday, June 12, 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...

  • Dennis Boucher

    May 29, 2024

    Dennis Boucher, age 87, of Hinsdale, Mont., passed on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, in Glasgow, Mont. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday May 31, at the Hinsdale American Legion Hall. Burial will be at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Dennis was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Malta, Mont., to Everett and Mercedes Boucher. He graduated from Hinsdale High School and attended college in Bozeman, Mont., for two years. While in high school, he worked for Etchart Land &... Full story

  • Gary F. Martin Services

    May 29, 2024

    Gary F. Martin was born on June 4, 1936, to parents Francis L. Martin and Velva Mae (Major) Martin in Williston, N.D. He was the oldest of six brothers, Robert, Thomas, Dennis, Lyle, Douglas and William. Gary passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at his home in Glasgow, Mont., of congestive heart failure. Gary’s Celebration of Life will be held at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow on Tuesday, June 4, his birthday, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Scott Kiehn officiating. A reception will follow at the church. M... Full story

  • DNRC Adds Resources To New Website For Water Users, State Land Lessees

    Montana DNRC, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    \The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) recently added resources for Montanans seeking information on water right ownership on leased state trust lands on the newly launched watercomplaint.mt.gov. “DNRC is dedicated to continuing to provide education and resources related to water rights and state trust lands. We know this can be a complex topic and that’s why we created a website for Montanans to inquire about their water right ownership. DNRC remains committed to private property rights and our constit...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on May 23 show 548 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $120 to $145; canner and cutter cows brought in $90 to $125; and young feeding/turnout cows $150 to $210. Consignors were: Hinsdale 2340 Bulls $170.50 Malta 2300 Bulls $162.50 Hinsdale 1995 Bull $160.00 Big Sandy 603 BC $293.00 Malta 560 BC $315.00 Wolf Point 1595 Cows $1,4050 Opheim 1537 Cows $142.00 Richland 1412 Bulls $142.50 Malta 1388 Cows $140.00 Hinsdale 1382 Cows $141.75 Scobey 1365 Cow $142.50 Peerless 1233 Cows $148.00...

  • Land Board Unanimously Approves Attorney General Knudsen's Motion On Private Water Rights

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    The Montana Board of Land Commissioners unanimously approved Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s motion to remove the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s decision-making authority over private water rights at the Board’s meeting on May 20. Following the vote, the DNRC will be required to receive approval from the Land Board before making any legal decisions regarding the water rights of private landowners who utilize their private water on public land they are leasing from the state to irrigate state land or provide water...

  • Farm Bureau Urges Federal Agency To Rethink Removing Ag From Refuges

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong concern at the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove agriculture from Refuge lands. In a letter to the federal agency, the state’s largest general agricultural organization pointed out that hard-working, family businesses raise food and fiber on a combination of private, federal and state land and some of those families have cooperative agreements on wildlife Refuge lands. MFBF President Cyndi Johnson explained that with 22 wildlife refuges in Montana, such as the C.M. Russell W...

  • New Choices For Business Owners

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor CFP Arron Franzen, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    If you own a business and you offer a 401(k) or similar retirement plan to your employees, you’ll want to stay current on the various changes affecting these types of accounts. And in 2024, you may find some interesting new developments to consider. These changes are part of the SECURE 2.0 Act, enacted at the end of 2022. And while some parts of the law went into effect in 2023 — such as the new tax credit for employer contributions to start-up retirement plans with 100 or fewer employees —others were only enacted this year. Here are some...

  • Two Rivers Economic Growth Announces Grant Awards

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Two Rivers Economic Growth is excited to announce the recipients of the Valley County Storefront Beautification Grant and the Glasgow Downtown Signage Grant. These grants are part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to supporting local businesses and enhancing the aesthetics of the Valley County area. The recipients are: Glasgow Flower and Gift, the Montana Bar, the Historic Roosevelt, the Glasgow Elks Lodge, Prairie Ridge Village and the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana. The Valley County Storefront Beautification Grant aims to hel...

  • Scottie Boys Track Fifth at State, Girls Seventh

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|May 29, 2024

    The Glasgow boys track team scored 37 points at the MHSA Class B State Track & Field Meet in Laurel, May 24 and 25 ,to take fifth place. The Scottie girls scored 20 points to tie for seventh place. Khye Gamas, Kyler Holinde, Wyatt Babb, Vaughn Miller and Nick Solorzano put up points for the boys team, as did the 4x100 relay team composed of Gamas, Solorzano, Kyler Whitman and Babb. For the girls, Tanae Baker, Eve Stone and Mayzie Yoakam made appearances on the podium. Juniors Holinde and Baker...

  • Graduation 2024

    Vivian Wall, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Graduation was held at Lustre High School on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. The processional was played by Mrs. Meridith Reddig and Pastor Justin Byers opened in prayer. The class verse was Psalms 145:13 "For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations." Honor Attendants were Mason Hilkemann and Abby Olfert. The five grads who wore white stoles and blue cords were in National Honor Society. They wore gold cords if their grade point average was 3.5 and above. Cayden...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|May 29, 2024

    1 Years Ago Wednesday, May 28, 2014 The empty lot sitting between McDonald's and Dairy Queen will be the site of new construction in Glasgow. O'Reilly Auto Parts has purchased the lot and construction was due to break ground on May 17, but has been held up for a short while. Work should begin soon. The store manager has already been chosen and the family will be moving from Billings. District Manager for Central Montana Randy Blackmore explained that Glasgow was selected for a location because... Full story

  • Lustre Eighth-Grade Graduation

    Vivian Wall, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    The Lustre Grade School held its graduation on Wednesday, May 22, with the largest class in years of 14 students. John Dubois welcomed the large crowd and expressed gratitude for watching these students grow from fourth through eighth graders, these four years being the best in his life. Mrs. Jenny Mattyser emceed, introducing graduate Ashtyn Traeholt, teacher Mr. Agbisit and Mr. Don Traeholt who sang a trio called “One day At A Time.” Kimberly Klatt was chosen by the students to be the speaker. She presented her thoughts in poetry form. A few...

  • Scottie Booster Club Awards Six Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Six Valley County high school graduates have received 2024 Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships to enable their studies at colleges, universities, and trade schools. The scholarships are awarded annually by the Scottie Booster Club in memory of the late Jeff Jurgens, Glasgow student and rabid sports fan whose namesake basketball tournament is the source of the funds. The Jeff Jurgens Memorial Tournament, presented by the Scottie Booster Club and widely supported by the community, is held annually in March and attracts dozens of youth basketball...

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