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 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 17, 2024 

City Council Meeting hears plan for removal of old hotel

The primary order of business at the Big Sandy City Council Meeting was the removal of Big Sandy’s Old Hotel downtown, which was built in 1916. It is full of asbestos, and the discussion was on removing it. Granite Peak Environment, LLC provided t...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 17, 2024 

Complete Small Engine Repair highlight

One look at my lawn screams at me to start yard work, but my lawn mower is broken, and it made me think I should do another business highlight. Ron Baumann and his Complete Small Engine Repair...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 17, 2024 

Amanda Hoffman is a new school trustee

Big Sandy's Postmaster, Amanda Hoffman, is one of our new school board trustees. Kyle Danreuther is the other one and will be featured next week. Amanda has worked for the Postal Service for eight...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 17, 2024 

Big Sandy High school Carnival Skits 2024

After the return of class skits last year, the school again had class skits. The Freshman won with a skit, Big Sandyville, a modern-day story of an old tale-Cinderella. I'm sure it won because the Fre...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 10, 2024

It's National Library Week

The Big Sandy Library is celebrating National Library Week from April 7 to 13. "Libraries give us a green light to experience something special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 10, 2024

Quinn Institute Welcomes new resident to Big Sandy

Welcome Josh Poole and Erynn Eveland to Big Sandy. The core of Josh Poole's role at Quinn Institute (QI) will be Research Coordinator. "My role is to make sure that all of our research projects are...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 10, 2024

The Library of Congress: World's largest library

This being Library Week, I thought it might be interesting to visit the world’s largest library: the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. All people can have “access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around t...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 3, 2024

The Easter Bunny never dissappoints

The Easter Bunny did arrive, but it was cold. The wind made it colder, but the kids dressed for winter and still picked up the toys and the candy. The Rotary Easter Egg Hunt was held downtown again...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    April 3, 2024

Thoughts with Zoe

This last week, I needed an injection in my eye. They numbed it well, so I didn’t feel a thing. They used an Eye Speculum to keep my eye open so I wouldn’t shut the eyelid. I instantly thought of the scripture in Matthew 13: “So they show that what...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 3, 2024

NFHS Part 3

Montana High School Association (MHSA) follows the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recommendation. I visited with Brian Michelotti, Director of MHSA, and visited with him how the two associations work together. This...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 27, 2024

Pioneering Lunches starting at FE Miley

Pioneering lunches have started in the Big Sandy Schools, with meat provided by Pioneer Production Partners processed at Montana Premium Processors and paid for by North Central Stockgrowers, represen...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 27, 2024

NFHS part two

Continuing our discussion, let's dive a little deeper into the NFHS. If you missed last week's article about the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), you may be a bit behind, but hopefully, you can gather enough information f...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    March 27, 2024

Thoughts with Zoe

Easter seems early this year, and I’m not ready to celebrate it. The holiday allows me to contemplate my relationship with Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. I often fall into the trap of wanting God to take care of me, to fill my needs, and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    March 27, 2024

It's track season and of course there is snow

It's snowing, and it's the beginning of the track season. When I talked to Wendy Taylor, head coach of the Big Sandy Pioneer track teams, she clapped her hands and said, "I'm ready. Bring it!" "Sherst...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 20, 2024

Vegas Casino Benefit and Banquet

The big night was, as always, a big success. The 39th Annual Rotary Club Benefit and Banquet with a Vegas Casino theme is in the books. The big prize of the $3,000 was Dr Larry Obie from Havre, who...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 20, 2024

Big Sandy Organics win a Three Million Dollar grant

The press release said, “Big Sandy Organics, LLC in Big Sandy, Mont., received a (three-million-dollar grant) to increase processing capacity for organic grains and pulse crops by acquiring advanced equipment to enhance product quality, reduce l...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 20, 2024

Big Sandy Theater presented Nonsense in the North Woods a fun watch

It was a play that will be remembered! It was a musical in Big Sandy! It was a comedy with a number of fun music parts. In my opinion, the sarcasm about politicians was front and center. The play was...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 20, 2024

We need to know more about NFHS

We know very little about the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations). What most people have heard about it is the NFHS Network, where they live stream events at high schools (and at the junior high level, too). The NFHS owns...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 20, 2024

Let's talk. Let's Walk

I know I should walk and am inspired by those who do. I just had a physical, and she assured me I was healthy enough to walk. I thought doing my research and revising the value of walking would help me become motivated. I hope it will help motivate y...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 13, 2024

Congratulations Bears!

Big Sandy wants to support our nearby small town and its efforts at bringing home a state championship! Congratulations to the Box Elder Bears and their boys' basketball team on going undefeated this...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 13, 2024

History that is still alive

Two Big Sandy residents celebrated their 98th birthday recently. They both still live in their homes. Glen Cook and his wife Anita have moved to town to make life a little easier. Ruth Merrill still...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 13, 2024

Big Sandy Highschool music department granted Kettle Drums

A Montana Masonic Foundation Grant was awarded to Big Sandy High school's Music Program. The grant funded was $4,952.00 for the purchase of two Kettle Drums. TJ Bond wrote, "These drums are a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    March 13, 2024

The resiliency of these girls is the one word

Whenever we play a sport, the goal is to win. And it feels great to win; it hurts when we lose. I am a devoted fan of Pioneers sports; I am proud of the winning, but I also know that winning isn't...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    March 6, 2024

Vegas is here; the Rotary Club banque

The Big Sandy Rotary Club hopes you would be interested in contributing to their 39th Annual Benefit Banquet. It started 40 years ago, but there wasn’t one during COVID. They scheduled it for March 16, 2024, and it has been held since 1984. B...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 28, 2024

It's Not about winning; it's about supporting community

It isn't about the sport. It's about supporting the kids, friends, and community. There was a fundraiser/dinner- a Divisional Tournament Pep Rally with a Spaghetti Dinner, a 3-Point shoot, a pop...

 

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