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Articles from the March 4, 2022 edition


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  • Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to celebrate 50th season

    Updated Mar 3, 2022

    Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, a program of Montana State University, has announced the plays the troupe will perform for its 50th season. The season officially kicked off in February with Montana Shakes! performing “Bottom’s Dream” for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The summer tour will feature productions of “King Lear” and “Twelfth Night” across Montana and neighboring states. This fall, Shakespeare in the Schools will perform “Macbeth” for students across the state. The schedule will be announced at a...

  • MCC accepting students for CDL, meat processing courses beginning March 14

    Updated Mar 3, 2022

    Individuals seeking training for a new career still have the opportunity to enroll at Miles Community College this spring. MCC's spring semester late start session will include the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training program and the new Meat Processing Farm to Table Marketing course. The term begins Monday, March 14, and is the last chance to enroll before the Fall 2022 semester, as these courses will not be available over the summer. Both have some components...

  • Carter County Public Health Corner

    Updated Mar 3, 2022

    COVID Vaccine | Following are dates available to make appointments if you are interested in getting an up to date COVID vaccine. We have dates available for adult, adolescent and pediatric individuals. Please call us to schedule an appointment if interested. • Adult Vaccine Moderna and Jannsen (Johnson and Johnson) available Tuesday, March 8th. • Adolescent Vaccine Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Ages 12yr to 18yr old available Thursday, March 10th. • Pediatric Vaccine Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Ages 5yr to 11yr old available Thurs...

  • Lion harvested near Ekalaka traced back to Chadron, Nebraska

    Updated Mar 3, 2022

    A pair of local men on the search for coyotes turned into a rare chance for another to harvest a mountain lion near Ekalaka back in January. Zach Elmore and Eric Lovec were on their way to a spot where they felt they had a good chance to call in coyotes when they noticed a silhouette in a clearing near a ridge line some 500 yards away. After abruptly stopping to take a closer look with some binoculars, Elmore exclaimed to Lovec that the animal was indeed a lion. As the two...

  • Local EMT course set to begin March 22

    Updated Mar 3, 2022

    EMT classes are set to begin on March 22 in Ekalaka. The online portion of the course will be every Tuesday and Thursday, with hands-on training at Carter County Healthcare Facility once or twice monthly, on Saturdays. The ambulance service is still searching for individuals to join the class. Interested individuals are asked to please let Judy Wright, Ambulance Director, know if they are interested in the class. The class will conclude on July 28. Help your community and sign up today!...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Mar 3, 2022

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, sometimes rereading things from long ago is most interesting. Take for example a remark like, “Do everything without complaining;” a Bible verse from Phil 2:14. We probably all know a few chronic complainers. They are impossible to help and never seem to be satisfied with whatever ‘we’ do to help them, but they won’t let ‘us’ stop trying, so in the end ‘we’ feel trapped. We just need to make sure that WE are not the chronic complainer, as that gives us a reputation, then pe...

  • The Corner

    Erwin Curry|Updated Mar 3, 2022

    I haven’t been stuck in the mud for some time, Yes that old ‘gumbo’, such treacherous stuff, The vehicle would be wrestled with, so rough, When in this slick clay, try avoiding the grime. You might high-center...stuck, it seemed a crime, One may be on foot, without a rebuff, A neighbor, ‘X’ miles away, enough, For a good hike in the mud, damn this slime. But there was a flavor in getting so stuck, To admit that we might not be in control, But what would I tell Dad about the truck, There is much about this business, still to...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Mar 2, 2022

    My favorite holiday of the year was this week, which was Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. It has become my tradition to do a Whoville poem to celebrate Dr. Seuss and my First Amendment right to freedom of expression. Watching the drastic erosion of freedom in the attempted takeover of Ukraine underscores the need to preserve all of our freedoms and guard against tyranny, socialism, and the complete lack of basic common sense that this country is grappling with. Last year, when I decided to run my Whoville poem, my sister warn...

  • Governor, FWP announce new smartphone app

    Updated Mar 2, 2022

    As part of his charge to improve customer service and modernize technology in state government, Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the launch of a new mobile app from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). FWP’s new app will allow Montanans to access their hunting and fishing licenses with their phone, reducing the need to secure and carry around paperwork while they fish and hunt. The new app, MyFWP, provides Montana sportsmen and women a simple, easy way to store and display licenses, permits, and digital c...

  • Erlend Laird

    Updated Mar 2, 2022

    Memorial service for Erlend Laird, 83, of Ekalaka was held February 25 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Ekalaka with Pastor Larry Phalen officiating. Burial followed at Beaver Lodge Cemetery in Ekalaka. Erlend Dixon Laird passed away Monday, February 21, 2022 at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Billings after a short illness. Erlend was the son of Frank W. and Margaret (Pritchard) Laird, born at the ranch on November 16, 1938. He grew up on the ranch and graduated in 1956 from Carter...

  • Reflecting on a former superintendent of schools and the county spelling bee

    Updated Mar 2, 2022

    Darlene Carter Rose first ran for Carter County Superintendent of Schools in 1990 and was successful against the incumbent. She served the county in that capacity until December of 2000. It was then that county commissioners went through the process of combining the office with the Clerk of District Court, due in large part to the fact that rural schools had dwindled in number, no longer warranting the need for a full-time elected position. It is however, a requirement for a...

  • EPEDC regional economic resiliency planning

    Updated Mar 2, 2022

    Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation recently announced a series of opportunities for public input and community engagement related to the development of a regional economic development and resiliency plan. The plan will address the needs of Carter, Dawson, Fallon, Prairie and Wibaux Counties, and will evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the regional economy as well as ideas of how to stabilize the economy moving forward. Public input is requested to ensure that the plan addresses community needs as provided by...

  • Area pictures needed for 2023 Chamber of Commerce calendar

    Updated Mar 2, 2022

    After electing not to produce a calendar featuring local photographs taken by local photographers last year, the Carter County Chamber of Commerce decided at their recent meeting to print the community calendar again for 2023, due in part to high demand. The chamber plans to print the calendar early this year to catch Labor Day visitors and early hunters. If local photographers have pictures from this year or last year, they need them. Let this article serve as notice to start taking photos of Carter County scenes, or to...

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