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Articles from the November 15, 2019 edition


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  • Happy birthday Neal Heggen

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    Around 15 people attended a birthday party for Neal Heggen on November 10 at the Senior Citizens Center in Ekalaka. Heggen turned sixty-nine this year and enjoyed all of the cards and greetings. Those who attended shared pizza, soda and cupcakes. Because of the snow, Jerry Kalstrom graciously drove Heggen to the party in the Carter Charter....

  • Honoring those who served

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    A Veterans Day program was held at Carter County High School recognizing local veterans on Monday. A light social hour kicked off the day's activities at around 2 p.m. Carter County FCCLA provided snacks for veterans and their families. The program kicked off with opening remarks from Ekalaka Public Schools Superintendent Kathryn Wright. Awards were then given to students who participated in a coloring contest. Jerry Wright, the superintendent's father and a veteran of the...

  • Junior high basketball scores

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    GIRLS November 7 Ekalaka B 3 5 5 13 Terry B 4 8 24 34 Ekalaka B: Bella Jensen 10, Natalie Foxley 3 Ekalaka A 2 11 17 22 Terry A 1 7 17 23 Ekalaka A: Jennie Schmid 8, Brynn Loehding 5, Kendall Kittelmann 5, Kendra Tooke 4 November 8 Ekalaka B 3 6 10 12 Melstone B 10 12 20 20 Ekalaka B: Bella Jensen 3, Nicole O'Connell 3, Shaun-tey Kerr 2, Corlan Laughery 2, Sadie Poppema 2 Ekalaka A 12 14 17 24 Melstone A 0 6 8 11 Ekalaka A: Jennie Schmid 12, Kendra Tooke 10, Kendall...

  • CCHS Volleyball ends season at divisional tourney

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    The CCHS Lady Bulldogs took all three of their divisional tournament games to five sets in Sidney last weekend. Against North Country on Thursday, the Dogs won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-17. North Country battled back and took the final three sets 16-25, 14-25 and 12-15. Whitney Kittelmann had 19 of the team's 28 assists and 20 of 73 digs. Heather LaBree had 13 of 37 kills and Hannah LaBree led in aces with 4. Kenzie Tooke added 2 blocks. The loss sent Blue to the bottom...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, what would we like to thank You for on this day that You have made for us? We’re thankful for the many blessings and ‘gifts’ that You give us, including family and friends. How fun to hear ‘kids’ laugh and giggle, sharing their day, expressing some things that they’re thankful for. Five ‘helpers’ shared: ‘Bonita’ told about noticing her car’s dash light referring to a tire. She was so glad that she just ‘happened’ to be near the tire shop. Long story – short, the tire repairman fou...

  • Independence Day

    Bill Lavell|Updated Nov 14, 2019

    As we were growing up in Ekalaka, Independence Day was a lot of fun and very important to us. We always went out to the Grandparents farm to celebrate. Our cousins, Hans, Gale, Ronald and Doris would always come out with their parents, Joe and Sylvia Christiansen, who lived in Miles City. Sylvia was my mother’s sister. They couldn’t leave Miles City until after Uncle Joe got off work and they always stopped in Ekalaka as they went. We were usually asleep when they came and they would gather around our beds and yell real lou...

  • Negaard to compete in Vegas

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    Katy Negaard recently entered the Inaugural All In Breakaway Roping scheduled for December 9 - 11 in Las Vegas. The roping is, in many ways, the first of its kind and the CCHS graduate is excited to compete for $100,000 in guaranteed payout money. She is one of only two Montana residents that have entered. Negaard has always had a love for horses and rodeo. While rodeoing in high school, she won six all-around saddles and several belt buckles. After high school, Negaard had...

  • 2020 Chamber Calendars available at Holiday Bazaar

    Updated Nov 14, 2019

    The 2020 Carter County Chamber of Commerce Calendar, featuring local historic photos, will be available at the Saturday, November 23 Holiday Bazaar in the CCHS gymnasium. These make wonderful Christmas presents for friends and family. They only cost $12 at the bazaar. If ordering by mail, the cost is $15 each to cover supplies and postage. To order from the Chamber Secretary, the address is: Alicia Knapp, PO Box 108, Ekalaka, MT 59324. Supplies are limited. Don’t miss out....

  • Goodbye, Bess

    JoAn Marshall|Updated Nov 13, 2019

    There’ll be no more horsin’ around wearing our homemade bridles with bits and reins. No winter “horseshoes” with blocks of wood and straps to secure to our feet. We used to stand tied to fences or corrals with our “bridles” and run around in winter pawing with our “horseshoes.” Folks would ask (and some do ask personal questions) if we ever had a BM out on the gumbo when we rode after cattle. “Of course,” one of us politely answered. “What do you wipe with way out there?” Sagebrush was the answer. “You’ll both get ‘piles...

  • Cassidy Marn selected as new Wheat and Barley Bureau Chief

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture is excited to announce that Cassidy Marn has accepted the Bureau Chief position for the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. Cassidy has served as the bureau’s Trade and Marketing Manager since 2010. “We’re thrilled Cassidy will be leading the Wheat and Barley Committee. She’s highly experienced in world grain markets and is committed to advancing Montana’s #1 industry,” said Director Ben Thomas. “I’m confident she’ll serve the state well.” Cassidy has both hosted inter...

  • Letters to the editor

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Dear Editor, The Carter County Food Bank would like to thank everyone for their support. We are very fortunate to have this service available to needy families. Approximately 400-500 lbs of food per month goes out. The Montana Food Bank Network provides many staples for us, including canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and nuts, some meats and all the pasta products you could ever want. As we approach this holiday season, I have been receiving lots of requests for a list of food bank needs. Following is a list of...

  • Geney G. Howard

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Gene Gladys Thompson, 94, passed away Monday, October 28, 2019 at St. Benedict's Health Center in Dickinson, North Dakota. She was born August 31, 1925, on the Wesley Thompson ranch on Fallon Creek, about twenty miles northwest of Ekalaka, Montana, the first of three daughters born to Andrew Jacob and Mona Gladys (Boggs) Thompson. Gladys spent her early childhood on the Thompson ranch and on other ranches in the Fallon Creek and Beaver Flats communities. Her love for her...

  • HAT TIPS

    Dean Meyer|Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Hello, Over the years you hear lots of stories. Stories of jokes that guys have played on one another. I’ve written about them in the past. About Johnny putting the dead calf in Clarence’s pasture. And Clarence buying a pail calf and then unable to find the mother of the dead calf. I’ve written of the night they hauled Terry’s bulls home, and then returned his pickup to where it was parked behind the Buckskin, and left the endgate open. But I don’t think I ever told you the pig story. Oh, I know I’ve told the tale of my...

  • Dorothy "Dotty" Cretsinger

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Funeral service for Dorothy "Dotty" Cretsinger, 94, of Baker, were held November 11 at American Lutheran Church, Baker. Burial followed at Bonnievale Cemetery. Dorothy gene Cretsinger (Dotty), 94, passed away peacefully November 1, 2019 at Fallon Medical Complex Nursing Home in Baker, Montana. Dotty was born August 19, 1925 to Carlton and Grace Hollowell in Indianapolis, IN. Times were tough and after her Father's death she was sent to live in a Masonic Home. After growing...

  • Bess Laird Franklin

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Bess Laird Franklin wife and mother went on to be with the Lord, Saturday evening November 2, 2019. Bess was born in Ekalaka, Montana on February 21, 1934 to Frank and Margaret (Georgie) Laird. She was raised on the Laird ranch which is still operated by her brother, Erlend. Bess married Kim S. Potter in 1954 and later divorced. She married Gary Franklin in 1976 and they resided in Kalispell for many years. Starting in 1994, they owned and operated the Welcome Travelers Motel in Laurel until they retired in 2010. They moved...

  • Wild Game Feed welcomes 16 years

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    courtesy Fallon County Times One of the largest fundraising events in the area is set to take place this Saturday, November 16.. The 16th Annual Stan Wagner Memorial Wild Game Feed will be held at the Fallon County Fairgrounds in the livestock barn. They will begin serving food at 4 p.m. You will be able to find a variety of dishes made with wild game prepared by Jake Wagner of Hanging W Meats. Kid's games will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the adult games. Raffle tickets will...

  • Drive meets quota

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Last Tuesday’s blood drive in Ekalaka yielded twenty-six units of blood. Twenty-three people attended the drive and 21 were able to donate. Of those, 8 had appointments and 15 were walk-ins. Five people donated double units as the quota for the drive was met. David Malenovsky won the drive’s door prize. The next Ekalaka community blood drive will take place on Wednesday, January 8 from 1:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Carter County Events Center. The drive was changed to a Wednesday date instead of a typical Tuesday date because the Eve...

  • Ekalaka nearing precipitation record

    Updated Nov 13, 2019

    As of Wednesday morning, Ekalaka had officially received 24.49 inches of precipitation, according to National Weather Service data. That number is 8.66 inches above normal. In 1971 Ekalaka received 26.95 inches for the entire year, the most on record and about 2.5 inches more than the area has received so far this year. Only twice has Ekalaka ever received over 25 inches of precipitation for the year. The other year was 2011 when 25.90 inches were recorded. That year holds a record for May precipitation with 11.99 inches....

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