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  • One-third of Montana municipalities to review local governments after primary vote

    Matt Hudson, montanafreepress.org|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Over the next two years, dozens of cities and counties across Montana will review their local governments as called for by a voter initiative in Tuesday's primary elections. Once a decade, Montana's Constitution offers voters the chance to study and potentially change the structure of local governments. The measure appeared on primary ballots across all counties and incorporated cities or towns in the state. Voters in 12 counties and 42 cities and towns approved local...

  • Reimagining Rural grants benefit 11 Montana communities

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Eleven communities across Montana are receiving $19,600 for Reimagine What is Possible Grants to support community development projects. Reimagining Rural is a program spearheaded by MSU Extension in conjunction with the Montana Community Foundation and other partners. The program provides small towns with opportunities and resources to shape their future. Tara Mastel, the program lead of MSU Extension's community vitality program, describes Reimagining Rural as an initiative aimed at boosting volunteer involvement in rural a...

  • Quadruple the fun! Four Brence sisters were among recent high school grads at Powell, Wyoming

    Connie Sieh Groop, courtesy of Tri-State Livestock News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    It was a special day at Powell, Wyoming high school as four young women, all with the last name of Brence, were among those receiving their diplomas on May 19. These red-headed, blue-eyed quadruplets share a unique bond, as they were all born on April 27, 2006. The statistics reveal a one in 671,000 chance of their multiple birth. While they look remarkably similar in appearance, they also share a deep connection to the land. Each will pursue careers grounded in agriculture....

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    June 3, 2024 Memorial Day was a little windy, but pretty nice for outdoor programs at Buffalo and Ekalaka. Spring at Capitol, and on Tie Creek, has been fairly cool, and even in the first days of June the night-time temperature dropped into the low thirties. Karen Odell spent the holiday at home. On Tuesday, Jack Ovitz came to check out, and do some electrical work. That night, Tyler Wolff came with a new mower battery, and to take back a mower tire to be worked on. Then, Karen got a little mowing done, before the mower quit...

  • Dinstel defeats Watkins

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    Countywide voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election was fifty-eight percent, about average for a primary election over the last 10 years. In 2022, sixty-three percent of voters turned out for the primary. In total, 555 ballots were cast from the county's 952 resistered voters this year. Precinct 1 (Alzada) had the best voter turnout at 64 percent, Precinct 3 (Hammond) had a 63 percent turnout, Precinct 14 (Rural Ekalaka) had a 60 percent turnout and Precinct 13 (Ekalaka)...

  • CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS (May 13 & 15, 2024)

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    5-13-2024 The Board of Carter County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 13, 2024, 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. There was discussion regarding the parking in front of the Senior...

  • Town cleanup day this Saturday

    Take pride in the community and help clean it up. The town has organized a cleanup day for this Saturday, June 1st. Gather trash, tame the brush and make paths more walkable. Bring a team! Ask friends, co-workers, family members, clubs and athletic teams to help. Transfer site fees will be reduced throughout the day. Up to four tires can be taken for free (not including implement tires) and they cost only half price up to 6. Furniture and mattresses (1) can be taken to the dump for free and the first load of construction...

  • County commission candidates answer questions ahead of June 4 primary

    Updated May 29, 2024

    Carter County voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election on June 4th. With the election looming, the Eagle asked both republican candidates for Carter County Commissioner from District No. 3 the same four questions. Following are their answers. Challenger Dan Dinstel What do you see as the most pressing needs for infrastructure or capital projects in the county? I've spent time during this campaign speaking with taxpayers about their...

  • Emswiler Pool now open

    Updated May 29, 2024

    Emswiler Pool opened on Memorial Day, May 27th in Ekalaka this year. Last year the pool opened on June 16th; it opened on June 27th in 2022. Forty-two kids made their way to the pool on opening day to enjoy their start to summer-even though the temperature only hit a high of 66 degrees on Monday. At this point, it is still unknown whether or not the pool will be able to host swimming lessons this season. Following is information regarding Emswiler Pool for this summer. HOURS...

  • A letter home

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Editor's note: Leroy Owens, Fred Yates, Ollie Hedges and Vernon Davis were the first four draftees from Carter County into the US Army when the United States joined with the Allies during World War I. All four received their basic training together at Camp Lewis, Washington. The following is an excerpt from a letter Leroy wrote to his mother, Mary Dorman Owens while stationed at Camp Lewis. We thank Jerry Cline for sending this letter to the Eagle in time to be published direc...

  • Board positions open

    Updated May 23, 2024

    The town of Ekalaka is currently seeking a new council member after Richard Brown recently stepped away from the position. Interested individuals have until May 31st to submit letters of intent at the town office. Individuals should include how they would be beneficial to the council and the community in their letter, and must also include two non-related references. Questions about the position should be directed to town clerk Kamely Harkins at 406-775-8731, or by stopping at the town office during regular hours. The...

  • Disaster preparedness

    Sheila Sherman, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association|Updated May 8, 2024

    I am writing to express my profound gratitude and admiration for the recent collaborative effort demonstrated by our community entities in Ekalaka, Montana, during a vital training exercise hosted by Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association (DMHA). This event underscored our collective commitment to preparedness in the face of potential disasters, and it is with great pride that I commend the individuals and organizations involved for their unwavering dedication to the safety and...

  • My memories of Ekalaka and Carter County

    Bill Lavell|Updated May 1, 2024

    I haven’t written anything for the Eagle for a long time. I am full of stories but most of them are to short to make a good story. And as I am getting older it is harder for me to write and to remember things. Anyway today I want to tell you of my memories in general of the whole area. I was really not there very long but it is powerful in my mind. As I remember, the population of Ekalaka when we were there was 902 and the population of the whole county was around 3,300. I understand that Ekalaka is now less than 400 and t...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated May 1, 2024

    April 29, 2024 Capitol and Tie Creek were forecast to have 100 percent chance of rain on one day this week, but suddenly that was changed to 20 percent, and in reality I believe there wasn’t even one drop that day. Then the middle of the country got some mean tornadoes, that they could have done without. On Sunday, we woke to a ground fog, but that didn’t seem to wet the ground either. Diane Wear came from Ekalaka to Ronda Cordell’s, on Monday. She checked through the cow/calf pairs, to see if there were any issues with...

  • Old-timers' column

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was dropped off at the Eagle recently by Jerry Cline, grandson of the column's author, Leroy Owens. It originally appeared in the March 11, 1949 Eagle. Ekalaka, Mont., Sun., Feb. 26, Eagle Publishing Co.: Please find inclosed a $3 check for The Eagle from 2-29 to 2-50. I was in town yesterday for the first time since Jan. 7th, but in my rush to 'tend to business and get back home through 20 miles of snow tunnel through our cornfields and stubble fi...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    April 22, 2024 Our countryside at Capitol and on Tie Creek is greening up. The snow showers, and the few misty rains, have helped settle the dirt, but we could use a nice long slow shower, now. It seems to be windy and cold on track meet days, so the track season has lagged behind this year. Dick and Erma Albert didn’t even leave town this week. They didn’t really need to go shopping in the Hills. Erma is back to two physical therapy sessions per week, and that is helping her lots. They both went to the Senior Citizen din...

  • EKALAKA TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Town Office, 103 N Main Street March 6th, 2024 PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT ON HB 355 STATE-LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 2023 PRIORITY PROJECT LIST 1) Call Public Hearing Meeting to Order a) Roll Call Council Mayor Buck Kratzer called meeting to order at 5 p.m. Present: Melissa Lovec, Rex McCord, Andy Wright, Richard Brown . b) Employees Present: Robin and Michael c) Appointed Officials Present: Kamely Harkins d) Public present: Toni Kratzer, Crystal Bennet, Chad Hansen 2) Pledge of Allegiance 3)...

  • Local elections take shape

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Carter County voters will need to head to the polls to cast their ballot in the upcoming primary election on June 4th. Locally, republican incumbent Tracey D. Walker was the only individual who filed for Clerk of District Court/Superintendent of Schools. There will, however, be a race to become the republican nominee for Carter County Commissioner from District No. 3 as both incumbent Mike Watkins and Dan Dinstel have filed for the position. Watkins was first elected in 2018....

  • AAU wrestling wraps up successful season

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    A group of local volunteers started up an AAU wrestling program in Ekalaka last fall. Thirty-five kids, ranging from preschool to high school, started wrestling practices at the end of November. The team practiced a few nights per week at St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall in Ekalaka and also traveled to Baker for practices. The local wrestling program was under the guide-full wing of the AAU program in Baker. Only a few of the participants had wrestling experience prior to the...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    March 18, 2024 It was another mild week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. There was a day of drizzle and warm rain, and by Sunday, the wind had become brisk, but the sunshine felt warm. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to Belle Fourche for dentist appointments, on Tuesday. They discovered that all services have become exceedingly expensive. Erma had a chiropractor appointment on Wednesday, but that was in Buffalo, and she didn’t have far to travel. Thursday was ‘Pie Day’ in Buffalo, and there were pies provided for people who v...

  • EKALAKA TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Town Office, 103 N Main Street February 7th, 2024 1) Call Meeting to Order a) Roll Call Council - Melissa Lovec, Andy Wright, Rex McCord, Rich Brown, Buck Kratzer b) Employees Present - Elston Loken, Robin Kawecki c) Appointed Officials Present - Kamely Harkins 2) Pledge of Allegiance 3) Public Present - Walt Anderson, Trish & Denis Bishop, Mya Yonika, Dan Donnaly, Wizard Nemerson, Steve DeFord & Toni Kratzer 4) Public Comment - Walt Anderson had a comment on the raise of inactive water and sewer rates 5) Minutes from last me...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    March 4, 2024 March came in like a lion cub, or a protective ewe, at Capitol and on Tie Creek. First it was sunny and warm, but soon a fierce wind came, and then the snow came drifting down again. The accumulation was small and melted fast. On Monday, Ronda Cordell took a water sample to Ekalaka, to catch the mail to Billings by 2:00 p.m. Then, she joined some of the coffee crowd at the Wagon Whee,l for a ‘sit down and visit’ session. The weather was making a change as she headed home. Tuesday morning was four degrees, aft...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    February 19, 2024 Capitol and Tie Creek had snow again this week, but the last snow had mostly melted before this two inches came. The weather stayed below freezing most of the time, but by Sunday, things were melting again. Monday began the week with some light snow flurries, but Ronda Cordell made a quick trip to Ekalaka, and the road was good, except through the pines out of town. Toney and Linda Hannah came for supper that evening. Clint, Denise and Abby Zolnoski drove to Spearfish after feeding. Clint hauled a...

  • New pool committee looks to reorganize

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The New Pool Committee, a committee that originally set out to fix Emswiler Pool or build a new pool in Ekalaka, was formed in the spring and summer of 1995 with the first meeting being held November 7th, 1995. Emswiler Pool was originally constructed in the early 1960s. The committees purpose, as described at the time, was "to determine the extent of the problem and to gather information to present to the Town Council. Some things that we will be doing is consulting an...

  • CAPITOLETTER

    Karen Odell|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    February 12, 2024 The Capitol News may be limited this week. Super Bowl Sunday is not the best time to gather news. It may not be the game that keeps people busy, but the tail-gate parties are especially interesting. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to town, on Tuesday, where Dick got a haircut. They also did some shopping. Their week was filled with usual activities. They went to the Senior Center for the Friday dinner, and Erma stayed to play cards for a while. Then, she stopped by at Delores Sperle’s for a short visit. Dic...

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