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 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 19, 2019 

Welcome Zane Bendig: Big Sandy's New Nurse Practitioner

Zane Bendig is Big Sandy's newest Medical provider. Zane, his wife Sarah, and five children will be moving to Big Sandy in July. Currently Zane is travelling back and forth from Great Falls to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 19, 2019 

Big Sandy Schools Hire Three New Teachers

We have three new teachers committed to coming to Big Sandy to teach. The new art teacher is Monica Winderl. She has 19 years of experience teaching art. She comes from the Highwood School as they decided to not have art class there anymore. If you...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 19, 2019 

The Grocery Store Remodels

Dave and Debra Louvar bought the Grocery Store in the fall of 2002. Debra was telling John Gunhold, the former owner that they were going to have to move because the elevator that Dave manage was...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 19, 2019 

Community Wide Garage Sale a huge success

I hate shopping at garage sales, because I always find something that I want. This time was no exception. I bought a bike for $15, because I wanted one to ride around town with. I found the perfect...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 19, 2019 

Doris Gullickson Is Home Recovering Slowly

Doris Gullickson is one of the women that most inspires me. She has just recently returned home from a 75 day stay in Great Falls after suffering a slight stroke that was in a crucial spot in her...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    June 19, 2019 

Another Saturday of O-Mok-See Action

For Seth and Bryanna Goodman and their family this Saturday was the first time they participated ever in an O-Mok-See. "It's a good family experience." They all stood by the fence, with their horse,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 12, 2019

Big Sandy to hold Community Garage Sales Saturday

Keely Bahnmiller coordinator of the Big Sandy Garage Sale on June 15th says this year they have 33 yard sales with 45 families participating. We have more sites this year than last year. We have 11...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 12, 2019

Two Car Thefts in Big Sandy

Recently as you are all mostly aware there have been two car thefts in the town of Big Sandy. They are not related. The one pickup was discovered and returned to his owner. They have a couple of...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 12, 2019

Vacation Bible School teaches the lesson "Who is my Neighbor"

This year's theme at the Christ Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School was "Who is my Neighbor." The story of the good Samaritan can be found in Luke 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan: "On...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 12, 2019

Erik Sietsema takes on the "The Great Cycle Challenge"

“This June, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids’ cancer!” says Pastor Erik Siestsema. “Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 12, 2019

Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

Schools out, but there are things to do this summer. The pool is open every day and the Big Sandy Library has a reading program. There are t-ball games to watch, O-Mok-See on the weekends. When the...

 

Summer Library Programs

For the first time in Big Sandy the Big Sandy Library will sponsor a lunch program that coincides with the summer reading program. Librarian Darlene Cline wrote and received a small grant from the Chouteau County Community Coalition and the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 5, 2019

Memorial Day festivities take place in Big Sandy

Each Memorial Day often repeats the events of the year before. This was the second year for the MURPH Challenge but other than that it always starts with breakfast served at the Big Sandy Historical...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 5, 2019

LIFT Fitness challenges the Murph

Memorial Day was remembered in a unique way again this year. This is the second time the MURPH was offered in our community. "The 'MURPH' is more than just a workout, it is a tradition that helps...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 5, 2019

The Importance of Service: Sunshine Snipper perform community service

4-H is 117 years old and the 4-H Pledge is 92 years old. "I pledge...my hands to larger service...for my club, my community, my country and my world." Allan T. Smith, Ph.D., National 4-H Program Leade...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 29, 2019

Future of Farming

Alan Merrill, President of Montana Farmers Union, looks at the future of agriculture after talking to bank presidents, who asked to not be acknowledge admitted the future of agriculture doesn’t look promising. Alan remembered the 1970s and the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 29, 2019

Virgelle Mercantile celebrates 40 years

Memorial Day Weekend will also be a celebration for the Virgelle Mercantile as it will be 40 years since he first opened the doors. Don told me he remembers his first customers Ruth and Angus Merrill...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 29, 2019

Elementary School Extravaganza, a wonderful event

Every school year ends on the FE Miley Extravaganza event. This year on May 23rd. Every class does something special to invite the public in to see what the teacher and the students are doing. This...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 29, 2019

School Board Hires Coaches

The Big Sandy School board hired a coach for every sport for the 2019-2020 school year. There was only one applicant per coaching post for each sport. Those coaching will be Thomas Dilworth, Pioneer Boys’ Basketball, Pete Jerrel will be coaching...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 29, 2019

Big Sandy Meat Shop wins 2019 Cured Meat Grand/Reserve Champion State awards

Jim Dumas and The Big Sandy Meat Shop has won two state awards for his beef products. The 2019 Cured Meat championship/Grand Champion for his Fresh Cased Sausage and Blue Ribbon Cheddar Brats. He...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 29, 2019

Reading Books and Winning Bikes

Every year the Big Sandy Masons give away bikes in their Bikes for Books Program. It is a Nation-wide program that is considered one of their most successful program encouraging students to read....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 22, 2019

Congratulations Big Sandy High School Class of 2019

Graduation is always a wonderful time of celebration. Families come from every direction, mother's cry, memory booths for each graduate surround the walls of the gym, and of course the Pomp and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 22, 2019

Memorial Day: a day for Remembrance and reflection

My father, David J Clowes, died in 2016 at the age of 85. He did not die in the Korean War. He served as a gunner's mate on the USS Walton, serving in the Formosa Sea during the Korean War. He would...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 22, 2019

Looking Forward: Big Sandy Senior, Grace Finke

Editor's Note: We will be profiling 3 seniors. Here is the first. "You are at the end of your senior year." Grace Finke is the only child of Linda and Fred Finke and according to them she has always...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 22, 2019

Chouteau County Cancer Support Group visits Rotary

Chouteau County Cancer Support Group is made up of cancer survivors and Trish Eklunds, from Geraldine, who was a hospice social worker. It was formed 19 years ago. They have a board comprised of six...

 

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