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 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 23, 2022 

Big Sandy has incredible schools

Principal Heather Wolery’s report was the most important and exciting at the meeting. The student enrollment is elementary 104, Jr. High 29, and High School 63. There are 52 girls and 52 boys in the elementary school. Jr. High has 12 girls and 17...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 23, 2022 

One very excited girl!

I was at the high school getting a couple of photos. Piper Phillips was there practicing for the play. She came up to me and said, "Are you from the newspaper?" I knew right away what she wanted to...

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 23, 2022 

Green Acres

Jacynta Bomgardner of Chouteau County wins the Montana Certified Lamb Carcass Contest Jacynta Bomgardner of Chouteau County received the top placing in the carcass division of the 2022 Montana...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 23, 2022 

Big Sandy Theater Presents Madhouse December 2 & 3

Big Sandy Theater will be putting on their largest show yet, on December 2nd and 3rd. It’s a Madhouse is a “Super fun and crazy spin on a classic ‘who done it’ tale,” according to Dianna Keane, the co-director of the production. It’s a...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 23, 2022 

New Honor Society inductees

Recently inducted into the Big Sandy Chapter of the National Honor Society were Eva Wagoner, Cody Boone, and Mattie Gasvoda. Jessie Jaramillo, Big Sandy High School's art teacher, is the sponsor of...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 16, 2022

Big Sandy honors local Veteran's

I grew up respecting Veterans Day; my father was a vet. But it wasn't until my daughter, Serena, and her husband, Kody, were home did I fully understand the depth of the day. I remember my father...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 16, 2022

City receives debt forgiveness towards Water Project

According to the North Central Montana Regional Water site website, "The Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation and the State of Montana, through the Reserved Water Rights Commission,...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 16, 2022

Miracle on Main street, Stroll Buttons are on sale now

This year's Christmas Stroll theme is a Miracle on Main Street. Marless reminded me, "As you know, it's sort of a twist of the Miracle of 34th Street. Santa has to go to court and prove he is Santa,...

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 16, 2022

Green Acres

Grain storage inspections should begin close to Thanksgiving Inspecting grain bins for pests on or before Thanksgiving is a great rule of thumb for Chouteau County producers. The Lesser grain borer Rhyzopertha dominica is one of the most injurious...


The Tea at BSMC

New and exciting things are happening every day around BSMC. Some of them are internal affairs with little outward showing. Like our kitchen staff who are now all “Safe Serve” trained, or our maintenance department having received their boiler...


Senator Tester vistis Big Sandy High School Goverment class

Statement from Senator Tester: "It was great to stop by my alma mater and take questions from some whip-smart government students. A big thanks to Mr. Taylor for inviting me to his class and giving...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 9, 2022

Big Sandy Organics wins Trail Mix Competition

Big Sandy Organics won the Albertsons Trail Mix Competition during this year's Boise Entrepreneur Week. Winning the competition brings a $50,000 prize and shelf space at Albertsons Supermarkets. Heath...

 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 9, 2022

How the Big Sandy Football Team Prevails

It is important to realize just how good our Pioneer Football team is. We need to celebrate the accomplishments and dedication it has taken to get where they are! But let's be honest, the others have...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 9, 2022

Halloween festivies at the Schools

FE Miley Elementary students enjoyed a special Halloween treat this year thanks to the High School Student Council, the National Honor Society, and the initiative of Jessie Jaramillo (the art teacher...

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 9, 2022

Green Acres

Cropping Questions and Answers to the Chouteau County Extension Office I have a prickly lettuce problem in my farm ground. Is it an annual? Prickly lettuce is a biennial and a winter annual. Do we have herbicide resistance in prickly lettuce in Chout...


What's Been Happening at the Jeff Reichelt Memorial Library

Big Sandy’s Friends of the Library met at the library on October 28, 2022, primarily to discuss our plans for the upcoming Christmas Stroll. As has been the practice for past Strolls, the library will be open Saturday, December 3, from 10 A.M. to...

 By Dan Schrock    News    November 9, 2022

Pioneer Pen

“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” This past weekend I had the good fortune and opportunity to witness the community of Big Sandy rally together in support of our school and its football program. The kindness and generosity of those in Big Sandy...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 2, 2022

Food Drive was a Halloween Treat for the Food Bank

The youth group trick-or-treat food drive that took place last weekend was a smashing success, with over 800 items collected. Terry Grant, who ran the food bank side of the event, remarked: "I had no...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 2, 2022

Rhett Simonton is the BSJH Basketball Coach

While watching my oldest play on the Jr High School Basketball team this year, I noticed the young man who was coaching the team. At first, I thought he was one of the High School students who was... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 2, 2022

Green Acres

Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series January 9-13 in Great Falls, Choteau, Conrad, Cut Bank, Shelby, Chester, Havre, Fort Benton, and Stanford. Speakers will cover cereal grain varieties, pea and lentil... Full story


LIFT Trick or Treat Fun Run was loads of fun

The run/walk provides everyone, of all ages, the opportunity to get outside and exercise. It is designed to be a fun event for friends, families and neighbors. We had runners, walkers, bike riders...

 By Jessica Ophus    News    November 2, 2022

The Tea at BSMC

What's "The Tea"? It is the 411, the lowdown, the news, the happenings... it's the latest here at Big Sandy Medical Center. It has been a while since you've seen regular updates about everything... Full story


Montana Farmers Union Recognizes Youth, Members Top Awards Given During Annual Convention

HELENA – Montana Farmers Union recently recognized several Montana youths for their dedication to agriculture and MFU education programs. The youth, along with several MFU members and Locals, were r...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 26, 2022

Table Registration is open for the 2022 Christmas Stroll

Tables are now available to vendors for the Craft Show at the 2022 Christmas Stroll. Information on reserving tables is available at the AgriPrairie office in Big Sandy or by contacting Cassie Bahnmiller. Table reservations opened last week after...

 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 26, 2022

What is a PIR day at the Schools

Last week, Big Sandy Schools let out midday on Wednesday and did not have classes on Thursday. The school calendar identified these as MEA Teachers’ Conference days, though at other times throughout the school year, they are labeled...


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