COVID-19 community impact

Local health officials directed the closure of Ekalaka businesses last week as another aggressive step to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The move came prior to a state mandate from Gov. Steve...

New hospital facility project progressing

Over the last few weeks a great deal of visible progress has been made on the new hospital facility. Warmer weather has helped keep construction crews busy, especially with concrete work. Much of the...

How to support local businesses during mandatory restrictions

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus throughout the United States this month has transformed American lives in ways many might never have imagined possible. Social distancing recommendations and...

Carter County High School and Ekalaka Junior High honor rolls

A HONOR ROLL (3.5 GPA or higher) Tegan Diede Seth Kennedy Kari Kittelmann Kendall Kittelmann Whitney Kittelmann Wyatt Kittelmann Hannah LaBree Heather LaBree Heidi LaBree Brynn Loehding Tylee...

History Foundation announces 2020 grants

The Montana History Foundation announces its 2020 grant cycle will put $164,800 into 29 historic preservation projects in 27 communities this year. That brings the total funding from the History...

SBA amends disaster declaration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to all Montana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita...

Office of Public Instruction, Montana university system announce free ACT opportunities for students

The Office of Public Instruction and Montana University System announced on Tuesday that Montana juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge this coming fall semester of their senior year. Normally, current juniors would take...

FWP enrolling new landowners for Block Management

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is enrolling new landowners in Region 7 who are interested in participating in the Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between...

Letter to the editor

During this time of uncertainty, people need people and we need each other. As we have read and listened to the news, the healthcare system may potentially become overwhelmed with COVID-19, not to mention the daily maintenance of the health of the...

Schools and families lead their communities through unprecedented circumstances

This week, I had a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to discuss national responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and how the U.S. Department of Education can assist Montana...

Valerie Poppema

Valerie Joy Poppema, 38, of Ekalaka, Montana went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 21 after a courageous fight with cancer. Valerie was born in Zeeland, Michigan on November 15, 1981, the...

Q's health news

Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental health disorders, and every person will experience one or both at some point in their life. Some people experience depression or anxiety over a short period, while others have a lifelong...

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, recently, we ran across some interesting truths. When a friend stated that You, Lord, are like an ‘eyelid’, we were like “What? What are you talking about?” Amazingly, we discovered some...

Cooking in the West

I was sitting at the kitchen table drinking coffee on the morning of March 5, 2020 when the cruise ship The Grand Princess came across the screen. Somehow I knew that was the ship my friends, Judy Vidack and Theresa Hopkins were on. The report said...

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