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Articles from the September 15, 2023 edition


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  • School board votes to reject recommendation

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    A special Ekalaka Public Schools Unified Board of Trustees meeting was held on Monday night. The meeting took place inside the CCHS Tuggle Room in order to accommodate seating for the large number of guests in attendance. The meeting consisted of a teacher termination hearing concerning the superintendent's recommendation to terminate the employment of tenured Ag teacher Seth Whitney. Whitney has been teaching at CCHS since 2012. Superintendent Charles Cook recommended that...

  • Two blind refs

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    A referee mix-up (or possible shortage) led to an interesting situation during the varsity football contest between CCHS and Lodge Grass on September 8th in Lodge Grass. Only one MHSA official made it to the game, so two individuals were pulled from the Indians' sideline and two were pulled from the Bulldogs' sideline. This ensured that all of the officials for the contest had proper training on concussions and CPR. CCHS assistant coach Eric Lovec, left, stood in as the back...

  • CCHS volleyball scores

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Complete CCHS volleyball stats were not available for September 8th and September 9th at the time of printing. Below are scores for both days. This Friday volleyball teams will travel to Jordan. On September 19th and September 23rd there will be home volleyball games versus NCTS and Plevna. SEPTEMBER 8th CCHS vs. Broadus Bulldogs. 15, 16, 25, 18 Broadus. 25, 25, 23, 25 SEPTEMBER 9th CCHS @ Scobey Tournament Bulldogs. 25, 21 Lustre Christian. 18, 25 Bulldogs. 25, 25 Culbertson. 24, 15 Bulldogs. 18, 21 Scobey, 25, 25 Bulldogs....

  • How Montana is paying the way in trades education

    Alex Sakariassen, montanafreepress.org|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Gracie Johnson didn't want to be a pilot. At least, not when she first walked into her eighth-grade science class at Billings' Ben Steele Middle School. Her teacher, Patrick Kenney, quickly tapped her for a student project building an experimental aircraft at a private hangar, and while she found that work interesting, Johnson initially resisted Kenney's encouragement to step into a cockpit for a test flight. Eventually she agreed. "It just spiraled from there," Johnson told...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    September 11, 2023 Things cooled off at Capitol and Tie Creek this week. On Sunday, Karen Odell’s furnace came on, so it must be getting close to autumn. Dick and Erma Albert had dental appointments in Belle Fourche, on Tuesday, so they did some shopping while they were there. On Thursday, Erma had a physical therapy appointment in Buffalo. They went to pick up Delores Sperle, on Friday, and all of them went to the Senior Citizen Dinner at the Senior Center. The pork and mashed potatoes and gravy were delicious. Erma and D...

  • CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    8-31-2023 The Board of Carter County Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, August 31, 2023, in 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 Pamela Castleberry, member were present. The meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. by Chairman Rod Tauck. There was no public comment. The Commission approved payroll in the amount of $239,745.42 and claims in the amount of $328,623.97. The old hospi...

  • Property tax rebates reach halfway point

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Thousands of Montana taxpayers have successfully claimed and received property tax relief. Most qualified Montana taxpayers have already claimed their property tax rebate. The Montana Department of Revenue has approved over 150,000 claims or about 70% of estimated potential claims. Counties with a higher estimated percentage of claimed rebates are Hill, Pondera, Missoula, Silver Bow, and Lewis and Clark. “Getting the rebates to Montana taxpayers has been our number one priority, so we’re grateful a majority of taxpayers hav...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, sometimes unusual things happen when groups of gals get together. While enjoying tea on the patio, Lesha spoke up: ‘You know – a friend called, said Missy had lost her baby, not even one hour old. What a shock! I said: ‘Isn’t it great! Abigail returns to her heavenly home to her relatives until her mom and dad join her!’ I don’t know how THAT went over – but that’s what popped out of my mouth. Then Sal spoke up: “Reminds me of when I cleaned at a Care Center. One old guy wanted me t...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Many readers commiserated with me in my pack rat war that I recently recounted, but to be honest, the pack rat war was not the most fierce battle I ever fought as a camp cook. Now, hunting camp cooking is ordinarily a delightful experience!In fact, this week is the opening of the early season rifle, and I am homesick for the smell of wood smoke and kerosene lanterns and the bugle of bull elk. Hunting camp is a fine and pleasant misery where I get up at 3 a.m., try not to singe my bangs lighting the kerosene lamps, fire up...

  • Yvonne Horner

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Yvonne Horner, 83, of Ekalaka, passed away on the morning of September 8th, 2023 at Dahl Memorial Healthcare after a valiant fight with cancer. In accordance to her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Remembrances and condolences can be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com....

  • Agnes Lorraine Klingler

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Agnes Lorraine (Naugle) Klingler died peacefully in her sleep August 8th, 2023 at the age of 94. She was born May 9, 1929 in Ekalaka, MT to John Earl Naugle & Agnes Delphia (Hall) Naugle. She was one of three children having an older brother John Earl Naugle Jr. and a twin brother Harold Eugene Naugle. After living on the family's homestead in Ridgeway Montana, they moved to Belle Fourche in 1935 when Lorraine was six years old. Lorraine spent her formative years living in...

  • Fly-in at airport, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1

    Ekalaka Airport will host the third annual 97M fly-in on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st this year. Area pilots and all community members are invited to attend. Join for dinner and a hangar dance featuring live music by the Wilder Butte Band Saturday evening. Camping overnight is encouraged. The new pilot's lounge has a restroom and shower. Sunday morning breakfast will be available. Sunday mid-morning attendees may fly out to the Cordell Ranch fly-in. A...

  • Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association annual meeting scheduled for September 21st

    submitted by CEO Ryan Tooke Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association will be holding the annual meeting on September 21, 2023 at 6 p.m. in the Physical Therapy room of Dahl Memorial. There is no new business but reports about the state of the organization will be given as well as the election for two open board positions. The current board of trustees is: Jitt Schneider - Chair, Georgia Bruski - Vice Chair, Marilyn Schultz - Secretary, Troy Fruit, Dane Castleberry, Charles Parks,...

  • Montana's First Lady visits Ekalaka Public Library

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Courtesy of Southeast Electric Cooperative As children are heading back to school, Montana's first lady, Susan Gianforte, has announced the statewide launch of the Imagination Library of Montana in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The partnership will assist programs already in place while also expanding programs statewide to every zip code in Montana. Through the partnership, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will provide a free book each month to any...

  • Weed district available for private jobs

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Carter County Weed District is available for small private spray jobs that can be completed in one or two days using a side-by-side or four-wheeler. These jobs may include noxious weeds in range or pasture areas, or ground sterilization of driveways and parking areas. The CCWD will spray on a first come, first served basis for as long as the weather allows. For questions or to get on the schedule, call the office at 406-775-6278 or 406-975-9791. The weed district is also putting a list together for the 2024 spray season....

  • Puptown Invitational

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    The top four heelers and headers from this year's Puptown Invitational Round Robin Roping held on Sunday are shown above. From left: 4th place heeler Jess Lehman, 3rd place heeler Shawn Bessette, 2nd place heeler Lane Krutzfeldt, Champion heeler Zane Williams, Champion header Ava Beardsley, 2nd place header Andy Selle, 3rd place header Justin Collins, 4th place header Brandon Kudlock....

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