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  • Law Enforcement Brief:

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    The Valley County Sheriff’s Office reported that they had a rather uneventful four days at the Northeast Montana Fair. Sheriff Verne Buerkle told the Courier, “We were really glad to see the large crowds at the fair, and we had no major problems.” The Sheriff did say that a few “disturbances,” mostly fights, occurred and that there were a few missing children, but everything turned out in the end. The Sheriff also addressed the parking issue at the fair grounds stating, it was something his office was going to work on in the future. The Glasg...

  • Photographer Aims at What She Loves

    Josie Braaten, The Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    Longtime local rancher and now photographer, Audra Ortega received her first camera as a Christmas gift only two years ago. Originally requested in order to better document her first daughter's early years, the camera was soon Ortega's constant companion on every manner of ranch errands and tasks. Coming from a family who has ranched in the area for generations, Ortega has a deep love and respect for the lifestyle that is intertwined with the business of ranching. Upon beginning her photography...

  • FPST Reviewed: Grease

    Josie Braaten, The Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    Bright and colorful, Grease bounced along like a freshly inflated vintage beach ball. Fun to watch, but for the most part, nothing to bring one to the edge of their seat. However, it was during the large group numbers that the wind picked up and that classic beach ball seemed to bounce a little higher. The opening “Grease is the Word” was sultry, fun, and set the mood for a lively show with a commanding vocal performance by Hailey Stone and the band, parading across the stage in all their musical glory to take their place in the onstage ban...

  • Regatta Set for Friday

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    The Fort Peck Sailing Club will be hosting their annual Can-Am Regatta this weekend, Aug. 11 – Aug. 13. The events will kick off Friday at 2 p.m., with a sailing seminar on the lake. The seminar will be open to the public for, “anyone curious about sailboat racing in general.” Following the seminar at 6 p.m., will be the “on shore dinner” or potluck at the sailing barn. Saturday, Aug. 12, will launch the competition with registration beginning at 8 a.m., at the Marina and races starting around 10 a.m., going through 5 p.m. Saturday night, the c...

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  • Montana's Inferno

    Michael Burns, Representing the Right|Aug 9, 2017

    In Northeastern Montana, over 50,000 acres of prairie, farming and ranch land are ablaze. Additionally, throughout the state, hundreds of thousands of acres are combating growing wildfire daily. Stakes are rising and funding is dropping in a race against the clock to halt Montana’s most pre-eminent natural disaster. The perfect kindling was piled up late last year for the current predicament; not for a cozy fire but for an unstoppable, costly blaze. Governor Steve Bullock proposed cutting 25 million dollars from the state’s wildfire fund. Thi...

  • My Daze with Kelcie

    Helen DePuydt, Saco Stories|Aug 9, 2017

    By a prior agreement, Wednesdays are our special days together, right here in familiar surroundings. Most of the time I choose enticing things for the agenda such as bread making; grinding the homegrown wheat into fluffy beige flour. When Kelcie, my little granddaughter, gets a little older she will add the flour into the milk, which has already been mixed with the yeast, salt and sweetener, just as her sisters did ahead of her. Her part of the bread-making operation consists of cutting and shaping the resilient dough into whatever Kelcie’s h...

  • This Year's Fair

    Sandy Laumeyer, Just a Thought|Aug 9, 2017

    This year’s fair is now a memory captured in photos, ribbons and souvenirs. A change in medication made it possible for me to attend this year’s Cancer Survivor ride. Being able to participate in this event is truly an honor and fills my heart to overflowing with gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and researchers for their care, and to the local Relay For Life and businesses for their sponsorship. The other highlight of the fair for me was getting to see all the projects our grandchildren entered and the awards they received. That is alw...

  • Seeing August's Eclipse

    Alec Carmichael, I Digress|Aug 9, 2017

    For some time now my wife and I have planned to see the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, in Wyoming where the sun will be covered in its totality. My reasoning was that this was an awesome chance for our children to experience something entirely unique and pretty rare. Secretly, though, I was overly excited to experience the natural phenomenon first hand, which I have wanted to see after experiencing a partial solar eclipse at the age of five as a child. I thought it was a no brainer that everyone would want to see such a thing in its entirety and...

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Aug 9, 2017

    WEDNESDAY–SUNDAY AUG. 9–13 Dam History Week at Fort Peck Interpretive Center. WEDNESDAY – AUG. 9 5-7 p.m. - Cheerleading Tryouts at Glasgow High School Gym. For more info., call 230-1181. THURSDAY–SUNDAY AUG. 10–13 The GHS Class of 1972 will have their 45th Class Reunion. Please RSVP to Jeanine Hoffarth-Markle, 904 Wedum Drive, Glasgow, or Diane Stebleton Brandt, 101 River Road, Glasgow. THURSDAY – AUG. 10 3 p.m. - The Valley County Transit Board meets at the Valley County Transit office (use the back door/east entrance). 5-7 p.m. - Cheerlead...

  • Inez Bailey

    Aug 9, 2017

    Inez Anna Viola (Andersen) Bailey, 92, died on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Billings, Mont. Her service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m., at the Opheim Community Church (former Lutheran Church) with Pastor Herb Sand officiating. She was the youngest daughter of Laurits and Anna (Wickburg) Andersen, born on Feb. 7, 1925, in Opheim. She was raised on her parent's farm, northwest of Opheim in the Roanwood Community. She attended Roanwood School through the fifth grade, then went to...

  • Aldon Charles Bergtoll

    Aug 9, 2017

    Aldon Charles Bergtoll, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 31, 2017, at the River Stone Hospice House in Billings, Mont., from complications of a massive stroke. A brief graveside service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the Senior Citizens in Glasgow. He was the the oldest son of Chas and Anna Bergtoll. He was a long-time resident of Opheim and Glasgow. He was a farmer and rancher. In his later years, he loved going to auctions and was a regular at...

  • August A. Axtman

    Aug 9, 2017

    August A. Axtman, 86, of Maddock, N.D., (formerly from Glasgow, Mont.) passed away at the St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, N.D., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. A visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 6, at St. Williams Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the St. Williams Catholic Church in Maddock, with Father Brian Bachmeier celebrating the Mass. The burial took place at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Selz, N.D. Online condolences may be left at www....

  • Leith Wimmer

    Aug 9, 2017

    Leith D. Wimmer, 82, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the Eastern Montana Veteran’s Home in Glendive, Mont. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastor Seth Runner officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements....

  • Ronald Bondy

    Aug 9, 2017

    Ronald Warren Bondy, 72, passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. He was the oldest son of the late Warren and Betty Bondy and was born July 20, 1945, in Walla Walla, Wash. His father was stationed as an Arial Gunnery Instructor for the Army Air Corps at the time of his birth. Following Warren's release from active duty, the family moved to Fort Peck, where Ron attended grade school. He attended high school in Nashua, where he graduated in 1963. After a year of continuing...

  • Winnefred 'Wendy' Hazel Freier Pugh

    Aug 9, 2017

    To our mother, After a year-long battle with illness, you passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, during which you were surrounded by family and friends that loved you and are heartbroken to see you go. You were born on Dec. 3, 1950, in Circle, Mont., and had a difficult childhood. We truly wish you were able to have a more substantive relationship with all of your biological and adoptive siblings, however, are thankful you were able to m...

  • Dorena Rae Blanchard

    Aug 9, 2017

    Our best friend Dorena Rae Blanchard, 48, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. The family viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m., at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, followed by burial at the Highland Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her mother. Her family invites all that loved her to join them for the ceremony. Following the burial, a reception will...

  • Lois Markle

    Aug 9, 2017

    Lois Marguerite (Wilson) Markle peacefully passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, from complications of a stroke. She was 96 years old. She was born March 14, 1921, in the Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow to Mary (McKitterick) and Floyd G. Wilson. She attended Glasgow schools for most of her education and graduated in 1938. She attended MSU in Bozeman and NMC in Havre where she studied business and earned a private pilot's license. Returning t...

  • Thunder Produces Three State Champions,

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    The Glasgow Kiwanis Thunder competed in their final meet of the year in Lewistown August 5 and 6. The team fell short of earning any hardware, but 16 of the 27 attending athletes advanced to finals the second day of the meet and several swimmers placed in the top twelve of their events. Notably, three Thunder swimmers earned gold medals and state champion status. Katie Kaiser swept her events to lead the team in points, earning gold in the 50m freestyle, the 100m backstroke and the 400m freestyle. Dalton Sand finished with two first-place...

  • Twelve Men Entered, One Man Remained

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    The combined efforts of Milk River Motorsports (MRM) and 28 team entries made for a fun demolition derby at the Northeast Montana Fair August 3. Demolition derbys are a popular event along the hi-line this time of year. Thursday night's show was no exception as spectators packed the stands to take in the action-packed show. Prior to the derby, several area women were driven into the arena and honored as they represented many "tough enough to wear pink" breast cancer survivors. The main event of...

  • "Kids to Fish" Program Loans Gear, Tackle to Area Youth

    Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Aug 9, 2017

    A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year. In time for summer fishing, FWP staff has restocked the 44 different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods, reels and use basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and usually a tackle box is available to borrow to and be able to use the available tackl...

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