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 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 29, 2022 

Big Sandy Fourth of July Bash

Tina Cook said, “It started small with just Tracy and I and our kids--two families and a spattering of older widows. The boys would light fireworks, and we would have a barbeque. It just got bigger and bigger.” They will be serving hamburgers,...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 29, 2022 

Blushing Willow Salon is now open

Natalen Gasvoda has opened Blushing Willow Salon, a new beauty shop in Big Sandy. She chose the name because she likes "Willow," which means new beginnings. She completed her schooling in 2016 and...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 29, 2022 

Senior Center Board working on New Bylaws

Most of the time at the last Senior Center meeting was spent looking at and discussing the new by-laws. The by-laws were tabled until the next meeting because Barb Ophus will bring an amendment forward. Barb would like to see the board include...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 22, 2022

Big Sandy has a pool history starting in 1917

I got excited when I saw the pictures of Big Sandy's first pool. I had heard a swimming pool before our current pool was somewhere by the Big Sandy Lumber. I have been searching for information...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 22, 2022

A lone man on a journey of a lifetime

It was a beautiful afternoon, and I was enjoying the greenness of the prairie as I drove home. I saw him on a stretch of highway in the distance. I stopped my car, rolled my window down, and waited...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 15, 2022

Senior Center is getting closer to opening

The next meeting of the Big Sandy Senior Center will be on June 20th at 5:00. The board members have been working on getting the final report from the accountant and hope to have it to present to the members. They will also have new by-laws for the...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 15, 2022

For the Love of our Library

I love our Big Sandy Library. It’s a new brand of the library. I remember going to Valley County Library, only to be “shhhh”! This library is full of life and laughter. That is not saying you can’t find a time when it’s quiet, but you’ll...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 15, 2022

Big Sandy's Yamaha Baby Grand Piano

It took three years. It started when Amanda Robertson was the music teacher at Big Sandy Highschool. She encouraged him to get one. His idea was that every pianist could play it in the area. Also, Dou...

 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

We can complain all we want about gas prices. We can't go places as we want. Our fast pace style of living must slow down. We can't afford to go 100 miles an hour. We can blame it on a wide variety...

 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    June 15, 2022

Swim Meet in Chinook was small but successful

One of the most incredible things about watching little swimmers make it down the 25-meter race is the huge smile on Coach Travis Bauman. I smiled at him, and he said, "How can you not smile!" Only...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 8, 2022

Mountaineer Late printing this week

On Friday, June 31, I learned from Don Shomo that the Havre Daily News had a mechanical problem with their press. They tried to weld it, but it didn't hold. They are ordering a new part but have no idea when they will receive the part. He encouraged...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 8, 2022

Big Sandy Schools hiring and interview for Superintendent

On June 2, the Big Sandy School Board interviewed one candidate for Superintendent. They held a meet and greet at 8:30 for staff and community members. There were two candidates, but Gregory Derm pulled out at the last minute. Daniel Schrock was...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 1, 2022

Senior Citizen Center elects new board members

At the Big Sandy Senior Center Annual Meeting the members voted to elect three new board members to the board. New board members are Terry Grant, Karen Baumann, and Wendy Kleinsasser. Gloria Godfrey, Deloris Prybil, and Pam Gasvoda have served their...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 1, 2022

Big Sandy young musicians have Piano Recital

It amazes me how much musical talent is in the community. On May 24, there was a spring piano recital for the students of five piano teachers. Those five teachers were TJ Bond, Michelle Danreuther,...

 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

This Memorial Day week reminds me of Memorial Day's most powerful lesson learned. I was in Washington DC making the rounds of all the memorials. There is very little talking while you soberly view eac...

 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    June 1, 2022

Pioneers hard work pays off at State

State track is a powerful experience for athletes. The large stands are full and the fans loudly support every attempt. Even the last one in the event is clapped for. Usually ever athlete is pumped...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 25, 2022

City Council Approves Junk Ordinance, effective June 12

Concerning the new pool, Diana LaBuda asked the Council to look over the bullet points she sent out regarding the draft Interlocal Agreement with the school over the lease of the land where the pool will be built. She would like their replies by May... Full story

 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    May 25, 2022

16 Pioneers going to state track meet

It was raining for two days. All surfaces needed to be swept or blown off more than once during the Divisional Track meet. To make it to the state meet is a significant accomplishment. Many also had...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 18, 2022

Dan Wirth Running for Chouteau County Commissioner

Dan Wirth is a sixth-generation Montanan and running for Chouteau County Commissioner as a Republican. He was born and raised in the Belt area until his family took over my grandparent's ranch and...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 18, 2022

BSHS Awards and Scholarships Night

By Zoe Merrill The following awards and scholarships were given to Amiya Griffith; Heisman Award, Montana University System Honor; Montana STEM/ Healthcare, Youth Serve MT, Masonic Scholarship,...

 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    May 18, 2022

Pioneer girls take 1st at 9C Districts Track

It's been 16 years since the Lady Pioneers have taken first place at the 9C District track meet. It was a goal they had set for themselves, and it took a total team effort to do. It's been a...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 11, 2022

Big Sandy bands perform in Havre

Last Saturday, at Pepin Park in Havre, Montana, it was a little cloudy and rained even, but The Shiver Brains played their hearts out. The Shiver Brains, made up of Levon Myers, Henry, and Dorothea Me...

 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    May 11, 2022

Big Sandy Pioneers are preparing for final meets

The Cascade Top 8 track meet was held in Great Falls by invitation only for those in B and C schools whose athletes were in the top eight in their fields. Big Sandy Pioneers sent 11 athletes. Alex Worral took 4th in the 800 meters with a time of...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 4, 2022

Questions asked about Dog Ordinance

At the last city council meeting, there was once again the discussion about dogs running loose, and the question was asked about why we cannot fix this problem. Below you will find a section of the ordinance that deals with animals within the city...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 4, 2022

A celebration of talent

In the 49 years I have lived here, I have never experienced such a show of Big Sandy's talented artists. A Week of Art filled the fireman's hall completely! It was amazing to see the talent I have hea...


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