Week of June 19, 2024

  • Tim Sheehy stops in Big Sandy

    Zoe Merrill

    A June 14th political meet and greet with Tim Sheehy, candidate for U.S. Senator, was at Big Sandy's The Mint. It was a good turnout, but The Mint was not full. He went around the room completely, shaking everyone's hands before he spoke for about 20 minutes. Tim answered a few questions before he left for Fort Benton. I asked him for a quick statement, and he said, "You bet! America is at a crossroads between open border inflation, interest rates, and foreign policy disasters. We have to make...

  • Talent Musical Youth

    Zoe Merrill

    (Editor's note: This took place one month ago, but for those participating, an article they can cut out and place in a scrapbook is important.) On May 13, the piano students of Nona Danreuther, Dianna Keane, Marla Ray, and Susie Sant gave a piano recital at the Christ Lutheran Church. Parker Yirsa played Home on the Range, a duet with Marla and Valse Scherzo. Bridger Keane played Mist on the Lake. Peyton Sant played Do You Ears Hang Low. Georgia Silvan played Puff, the Magic Dragon. Kennedy...

  • A Look into the Future for BSMC Patients

    Jessica Ophus

    We are getting closer and closer to the opening of the new Clinic Building; a long anticipated day for the staff and community alike. After many set backs due to weather, shipping delays, contractor delays, and unforeseen circumstances, caring for you from the new building is finally starting to feel real. For the last few months, special planning meetings have taken place among the staff to help ensure a smooth transition. As they continue to work through the upcoming changes, it is important you know how this changes the process for you,...

  • USA Gospel Male vocalist of the Year, Here for Concert

    Zoe Merrill

    Mark Umfleet, the 2021 Country Gospel Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, will be in concert Friday Evening, June 21, at 7:00 pm at the Big Paul Williams Memorial Park. In Box Elder at the Joe Rosette Memorial Park on Sat, June 22, at 2:00 pm, and in Havre at Pepin Park, 520 4yh Street, Sunday, June 23, at 12:00 noon. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Consider bringing your own chairs. Mark was born in South Dakota but grew up in Montana. He attended grade school in Miles City but moved to Helena at Capitol High during...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane

    What to Do if Trees and Shrubs Are Not Leafing Out Extreme weather conditions this winter and spring promoted slow growth, delayed leafing out, lack of blooms, dieback in branches and sometimes even death of trees and shrubs. Younger and newly transplanted trees (< 5 years) as well as marginally hardy species (including many fruit trees) can be especially susceptible to these issues. If trees haven’t leafed out, or if they are leafing out unevenly with sections of bare branches, give them some time. Stressed trees can take a while to bounce...

  • Big Sandy Activity Receives New Van After 3 Years of Delays

    Erik Sietsema

    Big Sandy Activity Center has received a new van three years after starting the grant application with the Montana Department of Transportation. The delivery of the van was delayed by various issues related to the pandemic and supply chain problems. The agency has also acquired a new van for running clients to appointments. The newly arrived vehicles are a much needed addition to the Activity Center transportation fleet. Heather Pleninger, who is the director of the agency, explained why the agency needed the new vehicles: "There were times...

  • The Barracudas take 4th at the Choteau Swim Meet

    The Big Sandy swim team went to an outdoor pool in Chouteau last weekend. There was a mix of sun and clouds, as well as some wind. The high temperature was only 62 degrees. Nine teams, including Big Sandy, participated in this swim meet. They competed against athletes all across the state. The teams that competed were Bitterroot, Chester, Fort Benton, Choteau, Columbia Falls, Conrad, Cut Bank, and Shelby. Travis Baumann, head coach, responded, “All the kids swam great this weekend! Lila Butler (in the 8-year-old age group) and Henry Merrill...

  • A tribute to my father

    Zoe Merrill

    Father's Day is a relatively new holiday. The first time it was held was in June 1910, but it wasn't officially recognized as a holiday until 1972 by then-President Nixon. This last Sunday, fathers were celebrated. My challenge to everyone is to make it a week-long celebration. My father worked hard but knew how to rest. He laughed easily, especially at the practical jokes he played on others, and loved solitude and peace at his Fort Peck cabin. A smile came across my face when I remembered he...

  • Patching Cracks

    Erik Sietsema

    Several decades ago, officials at Kruger National Park in South Africa encountered a problem. Their efforts to bring their elephant population back from the brink of extinction had been so successful that they began to experience problems with overpopulation. Their solution was simple: they relocated elephants from their herds to other preserves. The transplanted pachyderms were primarily young males and adult females, due to the fact that the adult male bull elephants were simply too large to transport easily. However, rangers in the...

  • Kenneth Raymond Witschen

    Kenneth Raymond Witschen Born to Bernard Frank Witschen Sr and Rose Mary (Friedenbach) Witschen on August 24, 1955; Kenneth passed away June 10, 2024 in Big Sandy, MT. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Mary and a younger brother, Bernard Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Jamie Quincy and his son, Daniel Quincy as well his two grandchildren, Shaun Stanton and Evelyn Quincy. He is also survived by his father, Bernard Sr., his three brothers, Michael, Charles, and Steven, and his two...

  • Shirley M. Kralich

    Mrs. Shirley M. Kralich went to be with the lord June 5, 2024, after a brief illness. She was born in Havre, Montana, November 12, 1935, to Charles and Marion Tyler and grew up on the Tyler Family Farm west of Big Sandy. She was a 1953 graduate of Big Sandy High School. Shirley married her husband John M. Kralich on March 22, 1961. A loving marriage that would last 52 years. Together they raised three children: Rick, Mark and Denise. Shirley spent her life as a devoted wife and mother, working...

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