Articles from the January 29, 2020 edition


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  • A look at Chouteau County Government with elections coming

    Zoe Merrill|Jan 29, 2020

    County Commissioner elections are coming up, and a quick look at Chouteau County Government and how it works will be covered in the next few weeks. County Commissioner Darin Schuster said, "It is important for people to know how local and county government works. We all learn about Federal Government in school, but nothing broader than that." A County Commissioner has many roles and wears many hats. The three of them serve to do both the executive and legislative duties. According to Darin, "We...

  • First Bank Opens in Big Sandy with a busy first day

    Zoe Merrill|Jan 29, 2020

    First Bank opened the Big Sandy branch on January 21st. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the cars parked along the streets until the streets were full. They opened the door and were busy all day. I was told by one of their customers, as we grabbed something to eat at Pep's, that he went into the bank about 3:45 on Tuesday to open an account. He said they stayed open till almost five to support community members opening accounts. Dean Comes, President of the Bank, came into Pep's to pay for the lunch...

  • January 21 Big Sandy School Board Meeting, Girls Wrestling added next year

    Kalee Rose|Jan 29, 2020

    Last Tuesday, January 21, the Big Sandy School Board had its monthly meeting. The meeting began with the usual Pledge of Allegiance and the approval of minutes. Melanie Schwarzbach began with the meeting with a report from the MHSA Annual Meeting. Included in that report were some interesting changes that may be occurring over the next school year concerning athletics in Big Sandy. Starting next year, shooting shirts for the basketball team may be purchased by an organization as long as it is equitable to the other Big Sandy teams. Along with...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane|Jan 29, 2020

    4 Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum The 2020 Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum will take place on April 14-15 at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Registration forms are available at https://www.montana.edu/nutrition/. Speaker topics include Alternative Meats and Alternative Statistics (What does the data say), Protect the Harvest, Beef Cutting Demonstration and Meat Discussion, Beef Trade Update, The Business of Agriculture, Forage Quality and Mycotoxins, Fetal Programming in Beef Cattle, Ranch Diversif...

  • Bob & Rita Yirsa Celebrated Their Birthdays in Napa Valley, California

    Judy Yirsa|Jan 29, 2020

    At the end of August 2019, Bob and Rita Yirsa were surprised by their children, as well as their daughter and sons-in-law, with a trip to Napa Valley, California, in celebration of their combined 85th and 83rd birthdays respectively! Siblings Ken Yirsa, Debbie Kittredge and Patti Nichol and their spouses conspired to plan a 4-day retreat for themselves and their parents to the wine capital of the U.S in late October of 2019! Coincidentally the surrounding valleys bordering Napa were experiencing...

  • Patching Cracks

    Erik Sietsema|Jan 29, 2020

    During a power outage a few weeks ago, my kids and I spent some time talking about how strange it was that we kept flipping light switches when we entered rooms. They weren’t going to do anything, and we knew it. Still, after laughing over flipping the switch in the kitchen, we’d walk into the next room and try to turn the lights on without even thinking about it. The habit of turning on lights has become so ingrained into each of us that it is simply automatic. There are thousands of these behaviors we have repeated so many times that we don...

  • Senior Center News

    Jan 29, 2020

    Thursday, January 30- Hamburgers, Banked beans, and pudding. Friday, January 31- Cattlemen’s Hoagie, fires, fruits, and dessert. Monday, February 3 - Chicken Club Casserole, veggie, cottage cheese. and applesauce cake. Tuesday, February 4- BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, peas & carrots, and coleslaw. Wednesday, February 5- Tater tot beef bake, stewed tomatoes, cucumber cabbage salad, and Blueberry Cobbler. Banana Cake Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 egg white 2 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups...

  • Getting By

    Janell Barber|Jan 29, 2020

    Every February is American Heart Month, raising awareness about preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Approximately 90 percent of middle-aged people and more than 74 percent of young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease. These risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or being a smoker or overweight. For those individuals with multiple risk factors, they have an increased risk for heart disease. All these risk factors...

  • LUMINARIES DURING PACK IT IN PINK

    Jan 29, 2020

    Saturday’s basketball game, February 1, is Pack It In Pink to promote breast cancer awareness. That evening the Chouteau County Cancer Support Group will put out luminary bags in honor of and/or in memory of people who have had any type of cancer, are battling cancer, or anyone special to you. You will have the opportunity to designate a name(s) for luminary bags. Look for the table with luminary bags when you come into the school so you can put the name of someone special on a bag. The bags will be lit and placed down the hall toward the s...

  • River Ramblings South

    Gay Pearson|Jan 29, 2020

    Here on the river, it is always a benefit to get through January with decent weather; this year has been exceptionally nice, we are enjoying it. With the thawing and water running, then freezing, we have to deal with icy situations, still certainly better than the deep snows of 2018! Life is much more enjoyable when Mother Nature is being kind; we can do some catch up on remodeling projects that weren't finished when we planned. We continue the daily chores of feeding, keeping the waters...

  • Little Pioneer Wrestling season begins

    Zoe Merrill|Jan 29, 2020

    It's always fun to watch little kids wrestle. The smallest children grab each other and kind of dance around. Sometimes they just run away from each other in circles. Other times, when they get taken down, they'll lie on their backs without giving any effort to getting up. Respect is taught on the mat with each wrestler, shaking hands before and after each competition. After it is over, they are trained to go over to shake hands with the other's coach before returning Havre, Fort Benton, and...

  • FWP updates citizen panel on CWD

    Jan 29, 2020

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 staff met with its Citizens Advisory Council on Jan. 15, updating members on agency activities and gathering their input on various topics. Seven of the 10 volunteer members attended the annual winter gathering at the FWP regional headquarters in Miles City. Chronic Wasting Disease Chronic Wasting Disease was one of the main topics, since the first cases were detected in Southeastern Montana in 2019. During the general hunting season, portions of FWP Region 7 were high-priority surveillance areas for...

  • Lady Pioneers snap multiple streaks in Chinook win

    Sean Janssen|Jan 29, 2020

    When the final buzzer sounded, the Big Sandy Lady Pioneers started embracing and jumping up and down on the sideline. With a 36-30 triumph Thursday against the visiting Chinook Sugarbeeters, the Pioneer girls ended a couple of significant skids that were weighing heavily on a tough-luck squad. The victory represented the first win in District 9C play for Big Sandy in more than two years, when they trumped Hays-Lodgepole 50-39 on January 23, 2018. Twenty-seven losses in the tough conference that...

  • Pioneers split up-and-down weekend

    Sean Janssen|Jan 29, 2020

    A three-game winning streak for the Big Sandy boys on the hardwood met a buzzsaw in the form of the relentless Chinook Sugarbeeters Thursday. The Pioneers recovered from a 75-43 defeat to complete a season sweep of Hays-Lodgepole Saturday, winning 51-43. At home against Chinook, Big Sandy did not give the Beeters the same run for their money that they did in an earlier road contest. "We just seemed unmotivated. We played so tough in Chinook," Pioneers coach Thomas Dilworth lamented. "I don't...

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