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  • Saturday storm event caused damage and blocked roads on the Sioux Ranger District

    Updated Jul 18, 2024

    On Saturday, July 13th, the Sioux Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest experienced a thunderstorm event with winds exceeding 100mph. On the Forest, this storm system caused damage to some developed sites, power outages, and has blocked roads trails particularly in the Ekalaka Hills, Long Pines, and East Short Pines land units. "It will take time to assess the extent of the storm damage and re-open roads," said Sioux District Ranger Kurt Hansen. "We hope to...

  • Gumbo Gophers have busy summer

    Updated Jul 18, 2024

    submitted by Daniel Hall, Reporter The Gumbo Gophers have been and are planning to have a busy summer. In June, the club met at the Higgins Ranch to have their market animals weighed in. During the meeting the members voted to clean up and place a new sign at the Alzada Cemetery. July 15th the club had a meeting in Alzada. First, we heard from our members who attended 4H Congress. Then, we planned the annual Lake Day and the BBQ fundraiser at the end of July. Finally, we...

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect in the Long Pines

    Updated Jul 18, 2024

    The lack of moisture on the Sioux Ranger District has created the need for the Custer Gallatin National Forest to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Long Pines area in both Carter County, MT and Harding County, SD. The area continues to be in drought conditions – severe drought –where vegetation and grasses are dry. Furthermore, there is no significant moisture predicted in the weather forecast. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions go into effect immediately. Stage 1 Fire Res...

  • LaBrees named 2024 Days of '85 parade marshals

    Updated Jul 18, 2024

    Anna Heggen LaBree In 1884, Anna Heggen LaBree's grandfather Edward Heggen filed his homestead three miles NE of Ekalaka. He and his brother George helped build some of the first buildings in Ekalaka. George Heggen's broad ax used for these buildings is currently in the Carter County Museum. Anna, the daughter of Elmer and Alice Heggen, grew up in Carter County, graduated from Carter County High School and went to college in Billings. Anna has been an active member of the...

  • Congregate meals set to begin again

    Updated Jul 18, 2024

    Lily “Eileen” Treadway has been awarded the Carter County Congregate Meal Bid for fiscal year 2024/2025. The meals will be served Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Monday, July 22nd. Federal regulations and changes have led to raising the suggested meal price to the actual price the county pays. Therefore the suggested donation will be $15.00. If you are over 60 or the spouse of someone who is, please pay what you can. Guests under 60 pay the full price....

  • Saturday storm causes widespread damage

    Updated Jul 18, 2024

    On July 13th, a severe thunderstorm event with winds reportedly exceeding 100 mph swept through the county - and entire region - causing widespread damage to trees, crops, outbuildings and many homes. Downed power poles south of town caused some to be without power for multiple days following the storm. The city transfer site was open Sunday morning for crews and individuals to dump loads of fallen trees, debris and branches. Outside of Ekalaka, there were additional reports...

  • Bus drivers needed

    Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Attention Ekalaka: CDL/Bus Driver Training Available! Are you interested in becoming a CDL-licensed bus driver and making a difference in our community? Ekalaka Public Schools is offering a CDL/bus driver training program, and they need at least five participants to get it started. The best part?The school will cover the cost! Why become a bus driver? • Always in Demand: The schools consistently need drivers for various routes, including full-time positions, substitutes, a...

  • Get prepped now for this year's parade

    Updated Jul 11, 2024

    This year's Carter County Days of '85 Fair and Rodeo is quickly approaching. With the fair only four weeks away, now is the perfect time for businesses, farms and ranches, churches, organizations and classes holding reunions to start brainstorming winning float ideas for the parade. "Carter County Fair, It's a Jungle Out There" is this year's fair theme. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, August 11th at 11 a.m. Entries for the parade are due by Friday, August 9th. Late...

  • Calling all officials

    Updated Jul 11, 2024

    As Ekalaka Public Schools strive to address the seemingly ever-increasing costs of school activities and athletics, they need your help. The school has explored options like pay-to-play and covering meals for athletes on away trips, but both place a greater burden on families, which everyone wanst to avoid. The idea of an Ekalaka Officials Pool has been proposed. Here's how it would be beneficial: • Reduced Costs: This pool would allow Ekalaka Public Schools to limit costs f...

  • EKALAKA TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES (JUNE 12, 2024)

    Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Town Office, 103 N Main Street June 12th, 2024 1) Call Regular Meeting to Order a) Roll Call Council - Mayor Buck called the meeting to order at 5:01 p.m. Melissa, Andy and Rex were present. b) Employees Present - Calvin & Elston c) Appointed Officials Present - Kamely d) Public Present - Clayton Stieg, Mike Ashbrook, Christian Ashbrook, Pat Strickland, Carol Spencer 2) Pledge of Allegiance 3) Public Comment/Complaints - No Public Comment 4) Minutes from last meeting(s):...

  • 103 attend Lovec reunion

    Updated Jul 11, 2024

    One hundred three Emil and Eula Lovec descendants congregated at Camp Needmore near Ekalaka over the 4th of July holiday weekend for the clans biannual reunion. Four generations were in attendance over the course of the 3 day gathering. Emil and Eula had eight children, those eight had 22 children, those 22 have 50 children so far, and those 50 have 11 children so far. The Lovecs plan to have their next reunion in 2026 at Camp Needmore....

  • CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS (JUNE 3, 10 & 17, 2024)

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    6-03-2024 The Board of Carter County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 03, 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. County Custodian Kirsty Bruce stepped into the meeting to request...

  • Snowy River carbon capture and storage project meeting held June 25th in Ekalaka

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Another meeting about the proposal to permanently store carbon dioxide in underground rock formations on public land in Carter County took place at 3 p.m. on June 25th in Ekalaka. The meeting about was hosted by Carter County residents, Northern Plains Resource Council members and staff with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff in attendance. The Denbury Carbon Solutions, LLC Snowy River CO2 Sequestration Project project would store carbon dioxide in more than 100,000 acres...

  • Dahl EMS system elevated

    Travis Doggett, Assistant EMS Director Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    In January 2024, Dahl Memorial Healthcare welcomed Rebekah Hopkins and Travis Doggett as Paramedics, aiming to enhance the level of care for the community and patrons of Carter County and DMHA. Prior to their arrival, the EMS system in Carter County operated at a Basic Life Support (BLS) level. Despite the skill and dedication of our EMS team, they were limited to providing only basic care. The introduction of Paramedics significantly expanded our scope of practice. Through countless hours of hard work, the EMS team and Dahl...

  • County donates to new pool

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    On June 28th, the county commission made the decision to aid the town of Ekalaka in it's ongoing effort to build a new pool in Ekalaka. The county committed to donating $200,000 for a new pool in the town of Ekalaka. Including the $200,000 from the county, there is now a total of $605,394.52 available for a new pool with funding as follows: Town of Ekalaka Restricted Cash Account (can only be used for new pool): $283,046.61; New Pool Committee Account: $101,918.21; Pool...

  • Fireworks on July 4th made possible by donations

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. would like to thank the following for their donations to make this year’s fireworks display possible: TSO, Wright Construction, Fruit Service, A&B Auto, Ekalaka Track & Arena, Wayne & Deb Yost, Jesperson Construction, Bonsell Ranch, Pat & Denice Strickland, Krista Huntley - Thrivent, T- & Casino, Bruski Fencing, Match Bronc Ride Boot Donors, Amanda Williams, Bar T 7 Cattle Co., Wagon Wheel Café, Christian Ashbrook, Dan & Monique McGraw, Southeast Electric, Rodney & Tracey Wa...

  • Fire dept. to put on July 4th fireworks display

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    This year, Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department members collectively made the decision to put on a fireworks display on Independence Day for residents and visitors of the Town of Ekalaka to enjoy. EVFD is currently seeking donations in order to purchase the fireworks. Persons who would like to donate should reach out to any member of the local fire department. The display may be enjoyed by all in and around town at dark on Thursday, July 4th....

  • Summit Basketball Camp winners

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    The Eagle recently received a list of winners for the games and leagues held during Summit Basketball Camp in Ekalaka earlier this month. 3rd & 4th Boys & Girls Hot Shot: Bane Jardee 1-on-1: Bane Jardee Shooting League: Thunder; Bane Jardee, Cambri Jesperson, Lennon Thomas, Hiro Hammel K-2nd Boys Hot Shot: Ty Smith 1-on-1: Ty Smith, Jennings Walker K-2nd Girls Hot Shot: Zoey Hansen 1-on-1: Mai Hammel K-2nd Boys & Girls Shooting League: Bucks; Ty Smith, Kayzlee DeFrance, Claire Brence K-4th Boys & Girls Top Three Dunks: Ty...

  • Stockman Bank donates $100,000 to Carter County Museum campaign

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Carter County Museum is pleased to announce a significant contribution from Stockman Bank in support of its campaign to renovate and expand the museum building. The Montana-based bank has generously gifted $100,000 to name the lobby in the new museum facility. "We are thrilled to partner with Stockman Bank as we embark on this transformative journey," said Sabre Moore, Executive Director of the Carter County Museum. "The bank has always been dedicated to making sure Montana's...

  • No congregate meals

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Congregate meals are currently unavailable at the Carter County Senior Center until further notice. Meals had previously been available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The county is currently advertising for bids. “Carter County hereby invites for congregate meals and home delivered meal bids for the elderly for July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. Meals served must be acceptable to the elderly consumer, meet 1/3 RDA and provide a minimum of 600 calories. Meals will be served on days and times mutually agreed upon by the t...

  • Ernest Tooke Memorial Match Bronc Ride

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    A large crowd enjoyed the Ernest Tooke Memorial Match Bronc Ride and Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ekalaka Track and Arena. The high temperature for the day reached 93 degrees....

  • CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    5-23-2024 The Board of Carter County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 23, 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. The Commission received a call from Bob Donndelinger from Victory Insu...

  • EKALAKA TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Town Office, 103 N Main Street May 1st, 2024 1) Call Regular Meeting to Order a) Roll Call Council - Mayor Buck Kratzer called meeting to order. Melissa Lovec, Andrew Wright were present Richard Brown resigned 5 minutes prior to the meeting and Council member Rex McCord was absent. b) Employees Present - Elston Loken and Calvin Jensen c) Appointed Officials Present - Kamely Harkins 2) Pledge of Allegiance 3) Public Comment/Complaints - No public comment. Town received a...

  • Diamond Anniversary

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Locals Garth and Myrna Tooke had their 60th wedding anniversary on June 13th. The couple celebrated the diamond anniversary on June 16th at St. Elizabeth Lutheran Church in Ekalaka surrounded by a large group of family and friends. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Tooke!...

  • Former Ekalaka resident celebrates 100th

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Ione (Parks) Anderson was born in Ekalaka, June 19, 1924 to Jess and Marie Parks. On Wednesday, Anderson celebrated her 100th birthday. Anderson's family lived on a homestead in the Chalk Buttes where she attended grade school. Her family eventually moved into Ekalaka on the property Dean and Gloria Parks now reside at. "Her lifestyle was not easy. It was a rugged, tough existence," said her son-in-law Jim Stoltz about her early years on the homestead. Anderson then moved to...

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