Articles from the February 2, 2022 edition


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  • Gun Show back in Big Sandy after a few years

    Erik Sietsema|Feb 2, 2022

    Big Sandy hosted a Gun Show over the weekend of January 28th to the 30th. The event, which featured 15 vendors and 50 tables, attracted a steady stream of customers and folks just looking to browse and visit with others interested in buying or collecting firearms. As Glen, one of the vendors, put it: "All gun shows are good gun shows. Some are just better than others." This year's show was organized by Keith Hanson, the former owner of The Mountaineer and Mayor of Chinook. Local vendor and...

  • Duane Olson Inducted into MHSA Athletic Hall of Fame

    Feb 2, 2022

    Please join Big Sandy High School as we celebrate the induction of Duane Olson into the MHSA Athletic Hall of Fame. The awards presentation will be held at the BSHS gym on Thursday, February 5th at 5 p.m. Kip Ryan from MHSA will be on hand to present the awards to Olson's family. Olson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. The original presentation was scheduled for Homecoming 2020, but Covid has wreaked havoc on scheduling the presentation ever since. Rather than wait for a year without...

  • Big Sandy Welcomes, Dustin Kinsella as the new Post Master

    Zoe Merrill|Feb 2, 2022

    Dustin Kinsella is Big Sandy's new Post Master. He travels from Havre every day, where his wife and five children have busy lives. He has five boys, and they just adopted a baby girl. "My house exploded pink!" Dustin has worked for the postal service for 27 years, starting in April of 95. He has worked in Havre, Hingham, Gildford, Kremlin, West glacier, and Great Falls. His oldest son is Bryce, 25, who gave him a granddaughter. His three other sons live at home; Lane is 17, Logan is 14, and...

  • Rotary Banquet on the calender for March 19

    Feb 2, 2022

    The Big Sandy Rotary Club is continuing the tradition of a benefit banquet in March with a grand gala event bringing Pirates of the Prairie to our town. Pirates of all kinds will gather at the 37th Annual Rotary Benefit Banquet on March 19, 2022. The annual Big Sandy Rotary benefit banquet will be the place to join the community in an evening of fun, great food, auctions and prizes. Your local Rotarians will soon have their tickets available for anyone who wants to purchase one. Tickets are still $100.00, which is the same price they were when...

  • Stacy York Nation, to speak at Big Sandy High School

    Feb 2, 2022

    Thanks to Big Sandy Public Schools, we have the incredible opportunity to hear an international speaker here in the comfort of our own high school auditorium on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Stacy York Nation was born and raised in Wyoming and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology Education from Montana’s own Rocky Mountain College and her Master’s in Social Work from Walla Walla University in Billings. She has worked in mental health services in the school setting. In 2013, after becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worke...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane|Feb 2, 2022

    The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program is offering a training in Fort Benton to assist farm applicators in safely managing pests with phosphine fumigants. Some common examples of products containing aluminum or magnesium phosphide include Fumi-cel, Fumitoxin, Magtoxin, Phostoxin, and Weevil-cide. The fumigant training session is offered on March 24th in Fort Benton at the Ag Center located at 1205 20th street. Four private or commercial applicator credits will be available. The session begins at 8:00 a.m. with fumigant...

  • Gun Show Boosts Local Economy

    Erik Sietsema|Feb 2, 2022

    The Gun Show over the past weekend provided an opportunity for locals to shop for guns, ammunition, and other shooting sports items. It also brought a lot of traffic to our community and benefitted out local businesses. From the restaurants, to The Motel, to The Grocery Store, the show brought money into our community as people came through to look at and buy guns. Keith Hanson, who organized the event, explained that the show benefits both the vendors and the community businesses: “When my wife and I decided to do this show, as prior owners o...

  • Richard Reinholt Bitz

    Feb 2, 2022

    Richard Reinholt Bitz, 74, died January 19, 2022 after a long battle with lung disease. Bitz was born on September 2, 1947 in Conrad, Montana to Reinholt and Lucille Bitz; the eldest of two siblings. He graduated from Havre High School in 1965, and went on to receive a degree in Agri-Business from Northern Montana College. He met Julia Poindexter while attending Northern. They married in 1972 and had three children together, Jill, Nick, and Michael. They divorced in 1985. On February 27, 1988... Full story

  • Patching Cracks

    Erik Sietsema|Feb 2, 2022

    Early in my career in ministry, a particular author wrote a series of popular books on dating and marriage. He was a young man and had been married for a short period of time. He was also good looking, charismatic, and had a great marketing department pushing his work. That individual made a great deal of money selling dating/marriage advice. Recently, he put out a statement indicating that his books were not very wise, and that he was sorry for any damage he caused. He mainly did so because Christian folks who read his work and followed his...

  • Lady Pioneers drop two close contests on the weekend

    Ella Jurenka|Feb 2, 2022

    The Lady Pioneers hit the road Thursday to Denton to face the D-G-S Bearcats. DGS would jump out to a quick ten-point lead in the first quarter. Still, the Lady Pioneers would slowly claw back into the contest with their full-court pressure forcing a handful of turnovers. They would eventually take the lead late in the second quarter; at the halftime break; the Lady Pioneers would lead the Bearcats 30-22. The second half brought more of the same in an aggressive and hard-fought contest in all 32...

  • Pioneers continue to win hard-fought games

    Rhett Simenson|Feb 2, 2022

    The Pioneers start their weekend on Thursday on the road against the Bearcats of Denton-Geyser-Stanford. The Bearcats would come out in the first quarter of play and set the tone early against the Pioneers, knocking down a couple of threes, giving them the edge early in the first, but the Pioneers would keep it close as at the end of the first DGS would have the 17-13 edge over the Pioneers. In the second, the Pioneer’s offense started to come together as they would try to work the ball inside and would end up winning the quarter but would s...

  • The Road Trip

    Anne Denning|Feb 2, 2022

    Editor’s Note: Continuing story first ran January 19 page A5. What could possibly go wrong? If you read the previous article, you will probably have guessed many things could go wrong on this arduous trip. Before we could pull out of the driveway, I had hired some men to load the truck. Everything was loaded on except for some bedding. The morning of the leaving, I was racing through the house, making sure everything was packed. Getting birds and the cat into travel containers was especially fun. One parrot( Plato) clung with desperation to the...

  • Governor Gianforte, DPHHS Make Available 650,000 At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Montanans

    Feb 2, 2022

    Governor Greg Gianforte and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) are making available 650,000 at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for Montanans. The tests are being provided at no cost to support early COVID-19 detection in an effort to reduce transmission of the virus. DPHHS shipped the at-home tests this week to county and Tribal public health departments for distribution beginning as early as Sunday, January 30, 2022, unless otherwise noted. Montanans can go to...

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