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  • Valley County Breaking Direction From Administration Of Governor

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Valley County is one of the 49 counties who have chosen to not follow a directive from the administration of Gov. Greg Gianforte by scaling back their collections of a state-level school funding property tax. These 49 counties will levy 77.9 mills of school equalization tax for 2023, as opposed to the full 95 mills ordered by the Montana Department of Revenue. The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) indicates that only Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Glacier, Madison, Meagher, Teton and Toole counties will levy the full amount. The dispute comes...

  • Valley County Transit Board Meeting

    The Valley County Transit Board will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 12:00 noon at the Valley County Transit office, 213 9th Street South. If you wish to participate by phone, call 571-748-4021 and enter pin 2672541#.... Full story

  • Health And Wellness Encompass All Aspects Of Health

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    The inside of the Glasgow Civic Center was busy on Oct. 21, as the community came out for Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital's (FMDH) annual Health and Wellness Fair, the second event since making a comeback last year. According to event organizers, Marketing Coordinator Taylor Hohlen and Director of Marketing Kyla Burns, an estimated 275 to 300 people attended the event, taking in health and wellness information from 27 community vendors. This year's event also featured the MEGA Lung, from...

  • GHS' Proctor Makes Repeat Performance At All-State Festival

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    For the second year in a row, Glasgow High School junior Gabe Proctor had the opportunity to spend his fall break somewhere besides home while also representing his community and northeastern Montana. As a result of being selected to represent Glasgow High School at the MHSA All-State Festival, which occurred Oct. 18 through 20, Proctor traveled to Missoula to be a part of the Festival's tenor II chorus. The Festival itself included the best of band, chorus and orchestra students from...

  • Bringing Awareness To Red Ribbon Week

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Glasgow Middle School students were busy last week as they decorated their classroom doors and participated in other activities in observance of Red Ribbon Week, which was held Oct. 23 through 31. With support from the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Glasgow Police Department, the Middle School concluded with a door decorating contest and celebration with ice cream and pizza. Since law enforcement could not pick a clear winner from all of the hard work, the entire middle school received t...

  • Community Tips-A-Cop At Local Coffee Shops For Special Olympics

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Blend 10 and The Loaded Toad hosted Tip-A-Cop on Oct. 27 to raise funds for Montana Special Olympics Montana. Thanks to community support, a total of $951.62 was donated to Milk River Inc. as a way to help support local athletes Cari Knowles, Tiffany Granholm, Isaiah Devereaux, Shaundel Alexander, Linda Laumeyer, Michael Young, Shawn Garwood and Jennifer Bodner in their travel to the Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) State Basketball Tournament Nov. 9 through 11....

  • Montana Public Service Commission Votes To Increase NorthWestern Energy Rates

    For the Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Montanans are about to pay more for electricity from Northwestern Energy. Montana’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously Oct. 25 on a settlement with NorthWestern Energy which will result in a roughly eight percent increase in residential energy rates compared to what they’re currently paying. This agreement will mean a 28 percent increase in residential energy rates since August 2022. Commissioners on the five-member, all-Republican body, met Oct. 25 to make the decision two years in the making in the middle of a snowstorm, the fir...

  • Montana K9 Safety and FWP To Host Free Dog Trap Release Workshop

    Montana FWP, For the Courier

    Montana K9 Safety, along with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, will offer a free workshop for dog owners interested in learning how to free dogs from traps. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus, 1425 US Hwy 2 (on the hill) in Havre. For centuries, people have trapped furbearers across Montana. Fur trapping is highly regulated, biologically sustainable, and an important part of Montana’s cultural history and outdoor lifestyle. However, sometimes traps that attract or surprise targeted animals... Full story

  • Theo And Alyce Beck Educational Trust Applications Now Available

    For the Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Grant applications are now being accepted for nonprofit 501©3 organizations and governmental entities such as schools and municipalities for projects that promote better living in Valley County from Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust. Applications can be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at Taxmasters, 54231 US HWY 2 East, or Edward Jones at 317 Klein Avenue in Glasgow. An electronic application is available by emailing [email protected]. Completed applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than Saturday, Nov. 30....

  • FWP Season Setting For 2024-25 To Be Held In Glasgow On Nov. 1

    Montana FWP, For the Courier

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a series of virtual and in-person public meetings around the state to present proposed hunting regulations for 2024/2025 hunting seasons. The Region 6 meeting will be held in Glasgow on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn. This will be the only meeting held in Region 6. There will be a Zoom option available for these meetings that can be found by going to, where the full list of proposals can be found... Full story

  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Division Is

    For the Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    The Montana Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABCD) is a member of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and has received an alcohol education grant from this organization. NABCA’s mission is to support member jurisdictions in their efforts to protect public health and safety and ensure responsible and efficient systems for beverage alcohol distribution and sales. ABCD will award five, one-time, $2,000 scholarships to Montana students who come up with designs for billboards dedicated to the que...

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    Nov 1, 2023

    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 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. 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

  • Verna Penner

    Nov 1, 2023

    On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, Verna Lee Penner passed away and returned to our Heavenly Father. She was a devoted wife to Herbert Victor Penner, who she married Jan. 19, 1974. She was a loving mother to her children, Jerie Lynn Keil (William) and Ronald Harry Sachs. Verna Lee Penner was born Verna Lee Davis on Oct. 12, 1933, in Bandon, Coos, Ore. Her parents were Emmett Luther Davis and Annie Pearly (Lessley) Davis. Verna was a woman of faith who knew God lived and that Jesus Christ is our Savior... Full story

  • JoAnn Marie Russell

    Nov 1, 2023

    JoAnn Marie Russell was a true Montana treasure. Born in 1934 to Louis Henry Rutter and LaMae Reckert Rutter, Jo grew up on the muddy shores of the Milk River in Hinsdale, Mont. Granddaughter to famed cowboy Harry Rutter, Jo carried on the family's indelible spirit of adventure. She lived boldly and loved expansively, with lifelong passion for education, music, her Catholic faith, the outdoors, garage sale bargains, chocolate, and anything purple. While earning her degree in education, music,... Full story

  • Leland Risa

    Nov 1, 2023

    Leland Ernest Risa was born in Scobey, Mont., on Dec. 14, 1950, to Albin and Dorothy (Walters) Risa. He died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, in Glasgow, Mont., after a brief battle with cancer. Lee was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Opheim, Mont. Family will receive friends at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Opheim Community Church in Opheim, with Pastor... Full story

  • David Stanley

    Nov 1, 2023

    David Jon Stanley, of Billings, Mont., age 50, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Celebration of life and remembrance will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Hilands Golf Club, 714 Poly Dr, Billings. Open house from 1 to 4 p.m., with memorial service at 2 p.m. David was born in Julesburg, Colo., on May 26, 1973, to Ann Lorraine Stanley (Kuskie) and Gregory Leigh Stanley. David was the second of three sons. David spent his early childhood in Big Springs, Neb. David moved to Montana in 1979... Full story

  • Gretchen Westby

    Nov 1, 2023

    Gretchen (Nelson) Westby was born March 15, 1941, in Glasgow, Mont., to Elsa and Clinton Nelson, the oldest of four children. She was the last person to complete eighth grade at the North Bench Country School. After she graduated from high school in Opheim and Montana State University, she became an RN and worked as a surgical nurse at the Billings Deaconess Hospital. She married Arlo "Bill" Westby on June 10, 1964, and they purchased the Westby family farm. Their first child, Karen, was born in... Full story

  • USDA Announces 2024 Tribal Scholarships And Fellowships

    For the Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two tribal higher education opportunities to train the next generation of agricultural professionals and strengthen ties with tribal higher education institutions. The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program offers a fast-track career path with USDA, and the Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Faculty Fellowship engages tribal college faculty with USDA resources and research. These programs reflect USDA’s commitment to advance equity and remove barriers to service for tribal nations and encourage tribal w...

  • MSGA Files Amicus In Supreme Court Case Regarding How Beneficial Use Of Water Is Defined

    Montana Stockgrowers Association, For the Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), in partnership with other organizations who represent ranchers, farmers, business owners, cities, counties, local governments, irrigation districts and ditch companies, has filed a joint amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Montana supporting Tintina Montana, Inc. and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation regarding whether every person who manipulates or interacts with water should be required to obtain a water right, even when there is no beneficial use of water.The joint am...

  • Start Moving Toward Retirement Security

    Financial Advisor Arron Franzen, For the Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    It’s not as well-known as Halloween, but National Retirement Security week happens every October – the third week, to be precise — and while it doesn’t involve ghosts and goblins, it does deal with something even more frightening: the risk of not being able to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Through various events, this occasion highlights ideas about building retirement security. What steps can you take? Here are some suggestions: • Don’t underestimate your longevity. Consider this: 65-year-old men can expect to live another 20 years, whil...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    1 Years Ago Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 Frazer Elementary School District No. 2 and Frazer High School District 2B will conduct a bond election by mail ballot on Dec. 18. The Elementary School wants to sell $445,000 in general obligation school building bonds and the High School District proposes selling $980,000 in bonds. The total of $1,425,000 is to pay a portion of the costs of repairing, restoring and replacing certain parts of the district buildings; demolition of the existing...

  • North Country Wins District 1C Volleyball

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    The Mavericks brought home their first-ever volleyball title after winning all their matches at the District 1C Volleyball Tournament in Plentywood last week. North Country advances to the Divisional Tournament in Sidney this week while the Bearcubs, Porcupines and Lions saw their volleyball season come to a close. Frazer was the first Valley County team to hit the court, playing Richey-Lambert in the opening round Thursday. The Bearcubs fell in three 12-25, 15-25, 9-25, sending them to the...

  • Scottie Volleyball Advances to Northern Divisional

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    The Scotties took fourth place at the District 2B Volleyball Tournament with home court advantage last week. Glasgow advances to the Northern B Divisional with an 11-8 overall record. The Scotties opened the tournament with a win over Harlem Thursday. Glasgow fell to Fairview Saturday morning but rebounded with a win over Poplar that afternoon. They closed out the first post-season event with a loss to Malta. Glasgow swept Harlem 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 to start the weekend. The Scotties put up 13 a...

  • Scotties Trail Panthers 27-18 at Buzzer

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Glasgow's 2023 football season came to end on Scottie Field Oct. 28 with a 27-18 loss to the Jefferson Panthers in the first round of the playoffs. The Scotties fought until the final horn sounded but were unable to overcome the points deficit. Neither team lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter, but the visiting Panthers took control of the game in the second with two touchdowns. Jefferson quarterback Tyzer Zody connected with Parker Wagner on two passes – one 37 yards and the second 28 y...

  • A Star for a Star

    Nov 1, 2023

    Tanae Baker, the Class B individual state cross country champion, was gifted a star quilt from Cammie Martell of the Poplar Indians at the 2B District Volleyball Tournament in Glasgow Oct. 27. Martell played in the tournament and also ran cross country this season against Baker....

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