Articles from the May 29, 2024 edition

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  • Knapweed Pull Your Share

    Zoe Merrill|May 29, 2024

    Barb Martin from Big Sandy and Dan Wilkins presented a program to the Big Sandy students called Pull Your Share. It is designed to teach what a Knapweed looks like and encourage students to pull the weed before it forms seeds. The program hopes to have teachers and their classes adopt sites that are infested with noxious weeds. When pulling weeds, wear gloves, pull close to the ground, and remove as much root as possible. If the weeds are pulled before seed heads have formed, it is ok to leave the pulled weeds. If seed heads have formed, it is...

  • Prayer walk to Box Elder

    Erik Sietsema|May 29, 2024

    Eighteen residents of the Big Sandy and Box Elder communities participated in a “Crosswalk” prayer event on Saturday, May 18th. The group carried a large cross and walked the ten mile stretch of highway between the Big Sandy Rest Area to Box Elder, stopping at each mile marker to pray for the Box Elder/Rocky Boy Community. The prayer meeting was organized by Rich Jesperson, who has felt a calling to organize a prayer meeting for some time. “Several years ago, I was having my daily devotions and just started to get a very strong picture in my...

  • Summer Food Service Program

    May 29, 2024

    Hello Big Sandy Community! With school nearly out for summer, I wanted to bring attention to a FREE food program that is new to our area. It is called the Summer Food Service Program, or SFSP for short. Not to be confused with the Summer EBT (which does require paperwork) that is also being promoted right now. Superintendent Schrock, District Business Manager, Mary Merrill, and the Big Sandy School Board of Trustees all got the wheels of this train rolling which I’m sure was no easy feat, so if you see any of them be sure to thank them for a...

  • Grade School holds end of the year Extravaganza

    Zoe Merrill|May 29, 2024

    One of my favorite activities at the FE Miley Elementary School is the end-of-year Extravaganza, held on May 23rd. The kindergarten class theme was "Travels to Antarctica." Teacher Samantha Weaver said, "We collaborated with Connie Reichel when she went to Antarctica. So it was perfect. They just had a great time, and we learned a lot. I learned a lot." A study of four different Penguins on display was excellent, and a few of the students let me take their pictures once they had their penguin...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane|May 29, 2024

    How Farmers, Gardeners and Insecticide Applicators Can Reduce Risks of Honeybee Injury When Spraying for Grasshoppers Honeybee injury results when pesticides are applied or allowed to drift to hives, blooming crops, wild plants or weeds. The following article comes from the University of Nebraska and is available at: Do not treat fields in bloom. Be especially careful when treating crops, such as alfalfa, sunflowers and canola, which are highly attractive to bees. Insecticide labels carry warning statements about...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, As a 4th generation Montanan, I feel privileged to have grown up in one of the many farming and ranching communities dotting the landscape of eastern Montana. I was taught old school values, love of God, family, country, and the merit of a hard day's work. Sense of community was strong, a man’s word was his bond, neighbors helped neighbors, and Sunday mornings found most folks gathered in church. As a WW2 veteran, my father was proud of his service to his country and understood that the freedoms we each enjoy were purchased at a v...

  • Wilma May (Krumsick) Welty

    May 29, 2024

    Wilma May (Krumsick) Welty, 84, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 18, 2024, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls from cancer. Each of the kids and many of the grandkids were grateful to have spent some precious time with Mom/Grandma in the prior days and weeks. Wilma was born May 3, 1940, to William and Gwendolyn (Remington) Krumsick and grew up on the family farm southeast of Big Sandy. She attended school in Big Sandy and graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1958. Wilma and Pat were m... Full story

  • Jennifer Joy Thompson

    May 29, 2024

    Jennifer Joy Thompson, 71, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana of natural causes. Cremation has taken place and services are planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Big Sandy Methodist Church with Pastor Sue King officiating. Her burial will follow at the Big Sandy Cemetery where she will be buried next to her sisters. Memorials in Jennifer's honor may be made to Big Sandy Medical Center. Please visit Jennifer's online memorial page at ww... Full story

  • Pioneer Proud; Tracksters place at State Track

    May 29, 2024

    The Pioneer Tracksters that made it to state, should be very proud of themselves. The fact alone that you make it to state is quite the big deal! These athletes worked hard all season and performed on the highest stage of track and field for the season. Good Job Pioneers!! The results from state track are below: Girls: 800m: Alex Worrall 2:35 1600: Alex Worrall 6th place PR 5:41 Discus: Lainey Terry 83'7 Boys: Discus: Darrell Sunchild 10th place PR 130'9 Coach Wendy had this to say about state...