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  • Session stresses schools

    Guest Column|Feb 22, 2017

    By Brad Moore When the legislature meets every two years it can be a stressful time for schools. During the session there are several decisions made that effect schools from changes in the laws to changes in our budgets. The previous two legislative sessions have been beneficial to schools as we have seen increases in our budgets as well as increased flexibility for trustees in utilizing the funds. We knew going into the 2017 session was going to be tighter on the financial end. If you followed the major newspapers early in the session you...

  • Congratulations Pearl Jam & Jeff!

    Guest Column|Jan 25, 2017

    Pearl Jam will be inducted for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Big Sandy native and 1981 Big Sandy graduate Jeff Ament is the bass player and co-founder of the band. Pearl Jam with Big Sandy native Jeff Ament playing the bass for the super group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, at Barclay's in Brooklyn New York. This is a great honor bestowed upon the band and an incredible epic journey the band has been on since it was formed in 1990. Ament began finding...

  • History of the Big Sandy gun and ammo show

    Guest Column|Jan 25, 2017

    By Vance Butler A little history of how the Big Sandy Gun and Ammo show started in Big Sandy. During the 1990’s the Kidd Brothers of Big Sandy organized a gun show every January in Havre at the MSU Northern Student Union building. Jean Butler, being a Watkins Products Dealer asked them if she could set up in a booth there. They allowed her to set up in the hallway. It was at this time that her young son Kirkley would go along to help but mostly to go and admire all of the guns. Kirkley developed a friendship with an avid hunter and prairie d...

  • Too Marvelous For Words, A Celebration of the Nat King Cole Trio

    Guest Column|Jan 25, 2017

    Come listen to an unforgettable concert Tuesday, January 31st, when Chouteau County Performing Arts, in partnership with the Grand Union Hotel, present Too Marvelous for Words, a Nat King Cole tribute show. This concert starts at 7 PM at the Fort Benton Elementary School auditorium. Created by Rob Perkins and Peter Smith, "Too Marvelous For Words" is a fun and swingin' journey into the early days of Nat King Cole. Before "The Christmas Song" and "Mona Lisa" that we know from the crooner standing...

  • Ice Fishing Season is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety

    Guest Column|Jan 18, 2017

    It's that time of year when ice anglers are appearing on Montana's waters for the ice fishing season. Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the winter weather and to catch some nice fish. However, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks remind ice anglers that safety should be the number one concern during a day out on the ice. With the recent cold snap, there is fishable ice in some areas already. However, large bodies of water like Fort Peck Reservoir have yet to freeze over. While the first ice of...

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