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 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 22, 2021 

Kandi Marino Benefit slated for October 9th

Kandi Marino needs a kidney transplant. They need $10,000 down before they even put her on the list., and she’ll need more after the surgery. Kandi has lived in Big Sandy for 36 years, and she calls it her hometown. She’s seen how people treat ea...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    September 22, 2021 

Thoughts with Zoe

Taking time for me I can't remember when I last took a vacation just for myself. My sister, Dena, asked me if I wanted to go to Yosemite with her for a week. I jumped at the chance because I have...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 15, 2021

The City Council discussed increase costs in Storm Drain Project

All city council members were present at the last city council meeting except for Rich Jesperson, who had a tree limb removal accident. He was home from the hospital and healing from a concussion. All three of the city employees were present,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 8, 2021

Medical Guild planning Rummage Sale set for Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

The Big Sandy Medical Guild had a good turnout for planning the annual rummage sale for their luncheon meeting. They canceled last year's event, but they plan to have the event from September...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 8, 2021

New Sports Reporters Enjoy Involvement

They are new to our community. Would you please welcome Gary and Carolyn Mosier? I am so excited for them to be here because they volunteered to help me cover the sports in our community, which can...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 1, 2021

Townhall meeting about new drainage system September 15

On September15 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall, there will be a town meeting to discuss the new storm drainage system going down the main street, replacing the old nonworking drains on Johannes. The...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 1, 2021

Big Sandy Schools starts as normal

The day before school started and I was visiting the FE Miley grade school for the open house. She was in the third grade and recognized me and just needed to tell me about everything she bought for...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 1, 2021

Big names, Small town, Rad Skate Park

This last weekend the 10th annual was held at the Big Sandy Skate Park. There were around 200 people in attendance; the furthest away was Alex from Costa Rica. "Dan was coming from Brazil but...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 1, 2021

Green Acres

The 2021 Chouteau County 4-H and FFA livestock carcass contest took place at Pioneer Meats in Big Timber. A total of 55 Chouteau County 4-H animals were evaluated for carcass quality by Mark King (MSU Extension Sweet Grass County). The purpose of the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 25, 2021

Maris River Freedom Concert August 28

Paula Witt and her husband Todd, along with many others, have completed the dream of holding a free concert on their farm to celebrate and support county fire departments. Paula said, "it was my...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 25, 2021

Big Sandy School Board votes to open exercise room to public

At the last Big Sandy School Board Meeting, they voted to open the Fitness Center to the public again. The exercise room was first closed because of COVID-19. Recently they needed to put new flooring in the area, which also required to be sealed, so...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 18, 2021

Boy's Locker Room gets new lockers

The Big Sandy Booster club has finished a special project just in time for Pioneer Football! Rich Jespersen, Special Project Manager for new lockers in the boy's locker room, had the lockers...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 11, 2021

Fire Danger Prevails

I live on Hopp Road and received a text message there was a fire out my way. I got in my Ford Explorer to research it out, and as soon as I was away from the shelterbelt, I saw the fire. It was already burning up Eagle Butte. The wind was strong, and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 11, 2021

2021 Central Montana Fair Person of the Year; Lester & Carol Sluggett

Lester and Carol Sluggett have been a ranching, agricultural, and rodeo minded team since they married June 2, 1962. Lester came from a farm/ranch that his father Lester Sluggett Sr homesteaded in...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 4, 2021

Gregory and Demontiney finally get to play volleyball in Hawaii

Lainey Gregory and Seanna Demontiney had planned to go to Hawaii to play volleyball last summer, but with Covid-19, the opportunity was canceled until this summer. So both Lainey and Senna traveled...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 4, 2021

Big Sandy School hires Maddie Jenkins for English Teacher

I was going to attend the Big Sandy School Board meeting on the internet but could not connect. I visited with Kelly Haaland in his office about the last school board meeting. Maddie Jenkins was hired as an English teacher for the Big Sandy High...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 4, 2021

Renee Hansen and Karen Reinertson compile Old-Timers Column

I met Renee Hansen and Karen Reinertson at the Montana Room at the Big Sandy Library. This is where you will find all the old Mountaineers bound and available to the public to read. They use them to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 28, 2021

School Funding Difficult to understand

This first article about school funding is my attempt to try in a small part to explain to all of us how Big Sandy School is funded. I might need to rewrite this article to explain further if I get a small portion wrong. I was given 38 pages title...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 21, 2021

Big Sandy Organics grows -needs land to expand

Heather Dilworth said, "The news is the is Big Sandy Organics is growing like crazy." They got a new contract with an international company to produce Einkorn, another ancient grain, into a snack. I...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 21, 2021

Major Fredrick F. Terry writes a book for his children

Fred Terry is the son of Floyd and Marlene Terry. He never saw himself as a writer before, but he got the idea to write a book to help him stay in touch each month, reading the next chapter to his...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Thoughts with Zoe

I needed a break. A break from dry brown land. A break for high heat. A break from discouragement and depression. I went and visited my sister, Dena, in Billings. I knew she would have a lush green...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 14, 2021

Massive storm hits Big Sandy

At press time Monday, it was hard to verify rumors. However, the storm that hit Big Sandy Sunday evening was devastating. You don't need to confirm when your eyes clearly show the damage. No one was...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 14, 2021

Law Governing School Board

One thing is for sure the laws have changed since I was in school. I attended a training session by Andrew Vegland, a lawyer from the Helena Montana School Board Association. He handed out a 57-page document discussing current laws governing the Big...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 7, 2021

COVID-19 Long term Effects

Although it appears that everyone is tired of talking about COVID-19, I felt it very interesting to discover the long-term effects it was having on so many people. Gwen Ophus came into the Mountaineer and quickly visited me about some long-term...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Thoughts with Zoe

A couple of weeks ago, I received a message asking me to be a true journalist. It contained a comment about a politician I should be pointing out is not a good representative of the state of Montana. In other words, I would only be a good journalist...

 

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