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 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 28, 2020 

Voting in 2020

The 2020 Primary Elections had higher than normal turnout. Statewide there are 696, 262 Registered Voters; of that 382,072 voted making it a 54.87% turnout. Chouteau County has 3,490 registered voters; 2,244 voted for a 64% turnout. Voting is a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 28, 2020 

Big Sandy School Board meeting

During public comment, the problem with car congestion by school pickup areas was brought forward and discussed. Big Sandy Booster club was present and talked to the school board members about the Pioneer logo the booster club uses. There is no...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 28, 2020 

City Council Discuss but waits to take action

The City Council met in the City Hall’s big room, with appropriate spacing, even though some still attended the meeting by Zoom, including this reporter. There were three city employees and two guests present. The meeting started as usual with the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 14, 2020

FFA Invitational held in Big Sandy

Layne Taylor Ag Ed and FFA advisor has no idea how many FFA contests have been held since 1935. It takes a considerable amount of work to put on an FFA Livestock and Range contest. He was frustrated...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 14, 2020

Pearson Pumpkin Patch has had another sucessful year

Going down to the Missouri River in the fall is always an incredible road trip. The county road was busy and dusty as we made our way to the entrance of the ranch. It was my first visit to the Pearson...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 14, 2020

Republicans get together in Loma

This time of year, Loma is beautiful to visit. The Loma valley is full of beautiful fall foliage. This year the Republican party held a supper at the Loma Community Hall. Besides the candidates...

 

Mountianeer featured artist; Tana Rai Faltrino

I first saw Tana Rai Faltrino's art when her cousin Gay Pearson showed me a picture of her granddaughter with a horse that she had. I thought it captured the moment wonderfully. She lives in Havre....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 7, 2020

Covid-19 Hasn't Stopped Rotary

Yes, it has been more interesting to meet, but Rotary continues to meet weekly now that fall is here. They wanted everyone to know they are still alive and well! Big Sandy Rotary has remained active...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 30, 2020

Keeping Big Sandy Great

One thing about a small town, you know almost everyone driving down the street. I was walking down the street when Shane and Gwen Ophus, from Ophus Auction Company, pulled up by the side walk. Shane...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 23, 2020

Big Sandy Booster Club continues to support the schools

The monthly meeting of the Big Sandy Booster Club was held on September 8th. During this time, when so many activities have been canceled, the Booster Club is trying to maintain a positive approach n supporting the activities of the Big Sandy...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 16, 2020

Revolutionizing School Safety

I was able to talk to Jason Gardiner, CEO of Kart Kleen Technologies, last week about the development of a mobile disinfecting unit that would allow students to clean their personal belongings before they entered the school. Along with company...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 9, 2020

Two Months before Voting; Mail-in Ballots are safe

Lana Claassen, Chouteau County Clerk, from the Chouteau County Clerk and Reporters office, whose primary job is to ensure we have a fair and reliable voting process, is 99.99% sure voting is fair. Every person who is registered to vote has a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 9, 2020

Rutledge's and Red Angus

Rutledges are not just my neighbor. Both Lance and Andrea Rutledge had impressive accomplishments in the Red Angus beef industry. Lance Rutledge was one of the 24 Nile Merit Heifer Program...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 9, 2020

Kris Kulbeck helps design a "game-changer"

You may have all seen this on TV Friday night but did not realize Big Sandy’s own Kris Kulbeck partially designed it. The TV story was about technology using UV lights to Kill COVID-19 germs. Kart Kleen Technologies showcased the system, “Freq...

 

Thoughts with Zoe

2020 has been, at least to this point, quite a year! We tend to concentrate on what's wrong, I mean, what else can go wrong! We are trying hard not to step on people's toes, not to express an opinion...

 

Harvest Brings Stress

Harvest and haying time is always a stressful time. It's hot, sweltering, equipment breaks down, and everyone is exhausted! We have little time to take a break, little time to get a good night's...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 26, 2020

The Big Sandy Pioneer Statue Comes Alive

I was first given this story by one of the Big Sandy High School neighbors because they saw Gwen Kane out there working fixing up the chair-saw Pioneer by the school parking lot. I immediately went...

 

I do love art

Sarah Suru says, "I do love art. I kind of grew up with it so.... My greatest influence was my mom. She was doing it since I was little." Mrs. Mangold was Sarah's art teacher at Big Sandy High...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 29, 2020

On-Going Discussion on how to Open the School

At the regular Big Sandy School Board meeting, they once again visited about how best to open the schools. However, before that, the Student Council asked permission to have a dunk tank at the Fall Kick off to help them raise funds. They realized tha...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 21, 2020

Big Sandy School's Phased Reopening Discussion

The plan to open Big Sandy schools is still in the discussion format. They have asked every parent to take a survey on the Big Sandy School's Web site. It is important to have parents input before the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

I thought I would share “Lighting Up the World” by Tyler Perry, instead of trying to rewrite the subject and doing it poorly. Enjoy! “I’VE BEEN DOING a lot of building over the past few years. I’ve learned that, according to the commercial...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

First Year Anniversary for the Mountaineer

It's been a year and what a year. I feel like I've just started to learn to crawl. I had no idea what owning a business meant. There are still somethings I need to learn. I wanted to be a part of a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

Every farmer knows the risk of hail

Every farmer knows the risk of hail, but when it comes, it’s devastating. This last week there was a storm that brought hail clear across the state of Montana almost. It wasn’t a wide swath, but where it landed, there was quite a bit of damage....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

911 Action that needs to be taken for personal safety

Editor's Note: After this article on preparing for an emergency, we will do a series of articles concerning health and safety in your home. First, understand that no-one thinks a serious accident or i...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

Ronald and Donald are Big Sandy fixtures

Now and then, someone will ask me how Ron and Don and doing. "I haven't seen them around for a while." If you are new to town, Ron and Don Christensen, twins, for years walked the streets of Big...

 

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