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Articles from the March 24, 2023 edition


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  • Taking care of injured and killed officers and their families

    Barry Usher|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    In recent years talk of defunding the police has been popular in other states, but our Montana values run contrary to that line of thinking. We believe in supporting those who put their lives on the line to protect citizens every day. To that end I have recently introduced Senate Bill 294. SB 294 establishes the End of Watch Trust. The purpose of this End of Watch Trust is to make sure that we are taking care of police officers and their families if something awful should...

  • Museum receives sizable grant for new exhibit

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    The Montana Department of Commerce recently announced it has awarded $1 million in grant funding to nineteen tourism entities to strengthen and diversify local and regional economies by promoting Eastern Montana as a tourism destination. The grant funding is through Brand MT's Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative (EMI). "We want to showcase the scenic, diverse beauty and the unique communities that make Eastern Montana so special," said Scott Osterman, Director of the...

  • Bill would create new teacher mentorship program

    Elinor Smith, UM Legislative News Service and UM School of Journalism|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    The House Appropriations Committee will now hammer out the details of a bill that would set aside one million dollars a year for a new teacher mentoring program to decide if the investment is worth it. Rep. Melissa Romano, D-Helena, is the sponsor of House Bill 455. She says teaching can have an especially difficult learning curve and in other careers, new hires have more opportunities to ask questions since their coworkers are right next to them, which just isn’t possible in a classroom setting. But, she says, a statewide t...

  • Carter County High School and Ekalaka Junior High third quarter honor roll

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    A HONOR ROLL (3.5 GPA or higher) Alivia Foxley Keli Melton Tiernan O'Connor Ayla Yates Roger Beach Jillian McGraw Kendall Kittelmann Wyatt Melton Tyra O'Connor Jaden Pardee Chace Loehding Codi Melton Corlan Laughery Natalie Foxley Nasya O'Connor Danica Shepherd Kendra Tooke Tracy Wilson Carly Aho Brynn Loehding Adlen Yates Heidi LaBree Sean Wolenetz Travis Schallenberger Nicole O'Connell Kendall Shepherd Preston Jensen Edie Peters Braxton Bucholz Ryker Carroll Jaycie...

  • Memories

    Loyd Townsend|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Because of my eyesight and health problems my articles have been slow coming. I would like to write about some businesses, owners and employees of past years. Let’s begin with those on the west end of Main Street and on the south side. First, C.M. Summers and Co. which was owned and operated by Summers, V.E. Figg and Henry Stenseth. Henry had an auto repair shop across the street and south of the station. Also employed was Ernest ‘Sharkey’ Stenseth, a mechanic; and Bud Penn, who was a parts manager for many years. Now going...

  • Legislative Report

    Jerry Schillinger|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    3-18-23 It was a privilege this morning, Saturday March 18, to attend the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. It wasn’t held last legislative session because of Covid. The organizers were especially excited because it was the first time since Governor Judy Martz, that a Governor has attended. Neither Schweitzer or Bullock chose to be a part of this great event during their tenures. This year former NFL player Phil Olson was the guest speaker and was very inspiring. Rep...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, it’s fun to hear how some families prepare for Holidays. ‘Tillie’ shared that one day she mentioned to her son and grandson that it was time to put up the Easter decorations! Her son offered to run up and get them out of the attic. Little grandson ‘Logan’ bounced up and down on his toes, clapped his hands and asked,” Can I help decorate, too.” I just smiled at him and told him ‘Sure’”. She mentioned how she loved to decorate for seasons, and that Easter ran a close second to Chris...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Now that Saint Patrick’s Day is over, my Easter decorations are calling me from the closet, but I am trying to ignore their call. It doesn’t seem worth it to drag out all of those tubs of decorations if they are only going up for a couple weeks, so I guess I should answer the call to optimize the decor time. Instead, I find myself checking out Pinterest for decorating ideas. I absolutely love Pinterest, because I can spend hours pinning and admiring thousands of cutesy ideas and avoid getting out the ladder and tubs and get...

  • CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    3-09-2023 The Board of Carter County Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, March 09, 2023, the Carter County Commission Board Meeting Room of the Carter County Courthouse at 214 Park Street in Ekalaka, Montana. Rod Tauck, Chairman; Mike Watkins, Vice Chairman; and member Pam Castleberry were present. The meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. There was no public comment. Clerk and Recorder Judy Wright joined the meeting with information regarding the current insurance dropping coverage on the airport fuel tanks....

  • Montana Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Week

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    National Ag Week is March 20-26 with National Ag Day March 22. It's a time to celebrate agriculture. Agriculture remains the number-one industry for Montana, outpacing mining, tourism and forestry products along with oil and gas. Montana agriculture is diverse and known throughout the world for its wheat, beef, pulse crops and barley, plus local farmers and ranchers produce plenty of other agricultural products including bees/honey, cherries, sugar beets, corn, canola, seed po...

  • Debra Kortum

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Debra "Debi" Elaine Kortum passed away on March 20th, 2023 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We love her very much and we will miss her. She joins her beloved husband of 43 years, Roger, who passed away four months ago. Debi was born on May 1st, 1963 to Jennie Senrud Hutton and Joe "Dude" Hutton in Ekalaka, Montana. Debi was the second youngest of eleven children born to Jennie and Dude. She once bragged that she earned the standing long jump record at Ekalaka...

  • Leo Sterns

    Updated Mar 22, 2023

    Funeral service for Leo Sterns, 92, of Ekalaka, was held March 22 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Ekalaka with Pastor Steve DeFord officiating. Burial followed at Beaver Lodge Cemetery. Leo Sterns lived a full life and passed away peacefully on March 15, 2023, at Dahl Memorial in Ekalaka. Leo was born to Louis and Violet (Johnson) Sterns on November 7, 1930 in Ekalaka, Montana. He was raised along with his sister, Joann, on the Sterns homestead that was purchased by his family...

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