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  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|May 22, 2024

    Sympathy for the victims of war. Let there be peace on earth. Congratulations to all the Phillips County graduates, especially our Whitewater seniors. They are Paige Wasson, Kendra Scheffelmear, and Ava Handley. The eighth graduates were Rory Green, Grace Wasson, and Samuel Simonson. There was a carnival at WHS, complete with games, and lunch was served. Fun for all! School is winding down. Soon it will be summer vacation. Congratulations to the Whitewater track team, they have done very well...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, May 8, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|May 8, 2024

    It is May 2024!!! Here are all upcoming events/activities from the Whitewater School. On May 17, 2024, at the High School, at 7 p.m. will be graduation. Congratulations to all of the students. Tuesday, May 24, 2024, will be the awards banquet. There will be a supper at 5 p.m. and the awards will be at 6:30 p.m. There was a spring concert at the school here in Whitewater. We had beautiful musicians and singing. The band with all the grades participated. There will be a benefit to repair the...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|May 1, 2024

    Beware of all scams! Congratulations to the two new additions to the Wisher family. Connie had a baby girl and Jana had a baby boy. They live in South Carolina. Both women lived in Whitewater. Again congratulations! Baby calves have been arriving daily, most ranchers have all their calves. There are cattle by Whitewater Creek Bridge. Maybe they belong to Howard Berg. The grass is green now so the cattle can eat. However, the ground is so dry. We pray for rain. Recently Paul and Leona came out...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, April 24, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Apr 24, 2024

    In the Whitewater area, calving is done and the area farmers are starting to seed. Good luck to the farmers. Congratulations to Cassandra and Levi Harms on the birth of their new baby boy. He was born on March 30, 2024. His name is Justin and he has a brother and sister at home. Late birthday greetings to Bonnie McMullen and to anyone I missed. Congratulations to Rory Green on his high school awards. Our Whitewater town and the North 40 Cafe were booming Saturday night. The Whitewater school...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Apr 17, 2024

    Beware of all the scams, whether by letter or by phone. Did you watch the total eclipse of the sun and moon? I watched it on TV, and it was awesome. The world went dark, then the sun came back! It is April, today is my birthday. Wednesday at Senior meals they are having birthday cake after the meal, for all April birthdays. This includes Debbie Anderson, Dallas Green and Jeanie Green. Thanks to all who sent me cards, gifts and gave me a call. I appreciate you all. Sunday, at the Whitewater...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Apr 10, 2024

    Sympathy to the family of Steve Schumacher. He was the lay pastor of the Whitewater Lutheran Church. He will be missed. It is April! Happy Birthday to all celebrating birthdays including Dallas and Jeanie Green, and Me! (Happy Birthday Helen from the staff at the Phillips County News). Happy Anniversary to those having anniversaries this month. Jeanie Green went to Marrisa’s (her daughter), to visit for Easter. Whitewater Lutheran Church was packed for Easter Service. Many families of the S...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, April 3, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Apr 3, 2024

    March 27: Action for Eastern Montana Rep. Lisa was at North 40 for Senior Meals, explaining the various programs. All were very helpful. Get Well Wishes to Diane Simonton and all who are sick. Happy Birthday to Pastor Bob Nagy and all March birthdays. Jeanie Green took the train to Minnesota to see Dale Green. He had an operation recently. Get well Dale and hello to his family. Did you all have a good St. Patrick's Day? Did you eat some corned beef and cabbage? There will be a Lenten Soup...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, March 20, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Mar 20, 2024

    Once again there are shootings and murders. This time in our own Billings, Mont. When are we going to stop these crimes? To the shooters, if you want to shoot and love guns so much, why don’t you join the Army? Back in Whitewater, our Whitewater Penguins/Lady Mavericks won the state title in basketball! WOW!! Sommer Green from Whitewater sang the National Anthem. She did a great job and has a beautiful voice. They interviewed her on the radio, and she sang the National Anthem on the radio! K...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Mar 13, 2024

    Phillips County has two teams who won divisionals and will be going to State! The Lady Mavericks won first to go to state in Great Falls and the Malta M-ettes won first to move on to state in Billings. Many from Whitewater, including Jeannie Green, went to the games in Great Falls. Best of luck to all the teams. Remember, be good sportsmanship. There was a dinner and a program at the Whitewater School to honor the players. Whitewater Lutheran Church has Lenten services on Wednesdays until...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, March 6, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Mar 6, 2024

    Again, sympathy to the family and friends of Ree Simonson, a lifelong resident of Whitewater. She recently moved to Malta. There was a wake rather than a funeral service at the Whitewater Lutheran Church and lunch followed. The next day, there was a large funeral service in Malta followed by dinner. Ree was my friend, and she will be missed by all. The Whitewater Penguins/Mavericks basketball teams went to tournament games. They were held in Glasgow. Many from the area attended the games. Good...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Feb 28, 2024

    Sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Ree Simonson. Ree was a lifelong resident of Whitewater. She raised her family here. Ree moved to Malta, then later to the assisted living home. She was my friend and a friend to all. Ree will be missed by all who knew her. It is soon going to be March! It is so hard to believe. Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. This includes my grandsons Seth and Jon Siewing. They are both in college in Bozeman. A get-well...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Feb 21, 2024

    Greetings from our Whitewater, Montana! We have ice and snow but above zero temps. Last week it was 40 below. Whitewater School Basketball teams are gearing up for tournaments next week. Good luck to all teams. Many in this area watched the Super Bowl on Sunday. Farmers and ranchers are busy feeding cattle and livestock. Hay is abundant which is a blessing. Compared to drought years. Some ranchers are planning on calving soon. Whitewater Lutheran Church is planning a Lenten Soup supper. Evening...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, February 14, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Feb 14, 2024

    Sympathy to the family of Pat Berg Tribby. She is the sister of Howard Berg. He still has cattle in Whitewater. Pat was raised here, and her mom Gladys Berg cooked at the Whitewater schools for over 40 years. Lois Berg Breitman was her sister also. It is sad how many friends and family we have lost. It is February! The groundhog says there is going to be an early spring. This may be true as Easter is early this year-in March. Happy Birthday to all February birthdays. Our Whitewater weather is...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, February 7, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Feb 7, 2024

    Sympathy to all involved in the wars. So terrible. To the people who take clothes and/or important papers and bills, etc. Read the good book, the commandment says, “Thou shall not steal”. Everyone has a right to their privacy. You know who you are. Turner played basketball at Whitewater High School. A large crowd attended, and lunch was served. Sommer Green sang the National Anthem. She has such a beautiful voice. Sunday Jean Green, Sommer, Rory Green, and I went to Sleeping Buffalo to swi...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, January 31, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Jan 31, 2024

    On New Year’s there were fireworks (or gunshots) to celebrate 2024. Now the children have all gone back to school. The Stemvicks from the Whitewater Baptist Church had their whole family here recently. They went caroling around town. Again, Happy Birthday to Patti Young and all January birthdays. Congratulations to the North Country Mavericks on their recent basketball games. There were games at the WHS. Taco soup was served and there was a silent auction. Happy Birthday to Christina and son w...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Jan 24, 2024

    Greetings from the North Pole. It snowed and was -45 below last night in Whitewater. Some people declared it higher. Bad news, my water and sewer froze up. Sympathy to all who have some problems. A salute to the pioneers (including myself), who were raised without water and sewer/plumbing. We had to be strong. I’ll ask Pat Dunbar (a local plumber) to come and thaw it all. A few days ago, all basketball games and church were cancelled due to the weather. Now, farmers and ranchers are busy feeding...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Jan 17, 2024

    Greetings from the North (rather, North Country) Pole. It snowed and turned c-c-cold! Whitewater, like most of Montana, is changeable. Again, Happy New Year 2024! On New Year’s Eve, the North 40 had a party with Chinese food as the special. It was very good! There were also sleigh rides for the children. Here is an excerpt from my dad’s book in 1909. Chapter XI New Friends - New School One day, in the summer of 1913, I was unloading hay at our place. I heard a noise and looked around. I saw wha...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, January 10, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Jan 10, 2024

    January 3: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024 TO ALL FROM WHITEWATER, MONTANA!! Get well wishes to all who are sick. Happy Birthday to those celebrated in December, including Sommer Green. Over Christmas, there was a beautiful candlelight service at Whitewater Lutheran Church. The church was full, and I really enjoyed playing the familiar Christmas carols. There were many guests including a choir from Malta. They were children and combined with our Whitewater youth to sing. Another I visited with was Scot...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, January 3, 2024

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Jan 3, 2024

    December 27: Sympathy to the family of Bobby Anderson. He was almost a lifelong resident of Whitewater. He will be missed. Jason Hellie and family went to Texas to visit Courtney's dad. Have a nice trip. Drive carefully. For all who are driving this holiday drive carefully. “Get Well” wishes to all who are sick, including Gary Anderson (formerly of Whitewater). Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating in December, including Ashley Sommer Green. Whitewater Lutheran Church had a group of chi...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, December 20, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Dec 20, 2023

    A short story by Helen Austin. Home for Christmas “Oh no, it is blizzarding? If it keeps this up, we won’t be able to go home for Christmas,” wailed Anne, a young housewife, as she stared out the window at the freezing snow blowing across the barren prairie of northern Montana. “Mommy is this cookie pretty?” asked her enthusiastic little girl as she held up a piece of cookie dough slightly resembling a bell. “Oh, that IS pretty,” answered her mother, trying to show interest in spite of the...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Dec 13, 2023

    We are praying for peace all over the world. Here are some upcoming Whitewater events. On December 14, there will be the Whitewater Schools Christmas Concert. It starts at 7 p.m. and all are welcome. The North Country Mavericks basketball teams will be in Dodson on December 16. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at Whitewater Lutheran Church. All are welcome. (There will be no church in the morning.) Merry Christmas! Cherry Walnut Bars (from Marlene Roske, St. Joesph, MN) Crust: 2 ...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, December 6, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Dec 6, 2023

    Late Happy Birthday to President Joe Biden! I hope you have many more! Back to Phillips County, sympathy for the family of Diann Hanson. She is related to Ree Simonson and Marjorie Olson. It is December! The weather is warm and beautiful and there is no wind or snow yet. Happy Birthday to all December Birthdays, including Lulubelle Bessel, Curt and Janice Reichelt. Happy Birthday to Jesus, our Savior, on December 25th. Back in Whitewater here are the upcoming activities. On December 14th there...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Nov 29, 2023

    Sympathy to all who lost family or friends in 2023, including Teresa (my daughter) who lost her husband (Jake) recently. “Happy Birthday” to President Biden! Also, to all who are celebrating birthdays this month. “Get Well Wishes” to all who are sick including Serena Green Venable of Miles City. Here in the Whitewater area, and many Montanans, hunters are out and about. Dale Green of Minnesota was hunting here. Pastor Wisher and friends from South Carolina were hunting here too. Persona...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, November 22, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Montana’s own Senator Jon Tester is again running for another term. Good luck to him. He lives in Big Sandy, Montana where his family has farmed and ranched for three generations. Curt Reicholt of Whitewater is a cousin to Senator Tester. The Reicholts lived close to Tester. Back in Whitewater, the Penguins/North Country Mavericks girls’ volleyball took 3rd in State. Congratulations to all the participants. Now basketball season begins; practices start now. North Country attended the funeral of...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, November 15, 2023

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Nov 15, 2023

    Sincere sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Leroy Simonson. He was a lifelong rancher north of Whitewater and will be missed. Again, Happy Birthday to all celebrating in November. Congratulations to the Penguin/Mavericks “North Country” volleyball and cross-country participants and players. Now basketball season begins in Whitewater and the Hi-Line. Here in the Whitewater area, shipping cattle is almost complete. They are trucked to market now. When I grew up the cattle were shi...

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