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Articles from the February 16, 2022 edition

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  • GPDM: First Ever Respiratory Infection Found in a Dinosaur

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Feb 16, 2022

    In a paper released on Thursday, February 10, Dr. Cary Woodruff, Director of Paleontology at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana, along with other colleagues, reported that they have found the first bird-like respiratory infection in a dinosaur. The subject of the discovery was a sauropod, or long-necked dinosaur, nicknamed "Dolly". "Dolly" was a herbivore that lived approximately 150 million years ago and was discovered back in 1990 in the Livingston area. The fossil of "Dolly"...

  • Malta High School Band and Choir Presents: Music in Our Schools 2022

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Feb 16, 2022

    It was another top-notch production put on by the Malta High School Band and Choir to an almost capacity audience on Tuesday, February 8, at the Malta High School auditorium. The concert choir, led by Mrs. Nancy Murdock and accompanied by Jenny Oxarart kicked off the night with a couple of the songs that were performed at the District Honor Band and Choir concert in late January. The first song was a dark, foreboding song called Dies Irae. A song that was sung in Latin, and was originally a poem that dates from the 13th century at the latest....

  • Malta Middle Schooler Wins Phillips County Spelling Bee

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Feb 16, 2022

    Twenty-seven of the county's top spellers congregated at the school in Whitewater on Wednesday, February 9, for the Phillips County Spelling Bee. The winner was Finn Witmer, a seventh-grader from Malta Middle School. The runner-up for the competition was Jake Brown, an eighth-grader from Saco. It was down to the two of them after the seventh round. They seemed to be in sync, spelling two words correctly, or misspelling two words for a few rounds. Until the 13th round when Witmer spelled his...

  • City Council Gets Update on Landfill, Approves Purchase of Small Piece of Land

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Feb 16, 2022

    At the last City Council meeting, February 8, the council got a visit from Barry Damchen. He reported that the landfill is looking good. There is a problem with litter from the landfill. He suggested that the city look into shutting the landfill down on days that are supposed to be really windy. Much of the litter that gets airborne happens when the trucks are dumped while it is windy. Mr. Damchen introduced Mary Louise to the council. She is a sub-contractor that is working with Mr. Damchen now that specializes in groundwater monitoring. The...

  • Malta Middle School Music Festival to take place at MHS on February 22

    Feb 16, 2022

    The Malta Middle School Festival will take place in Malta High School/Middle School - Feb. 22. This will be an all day event with students from Malta Middle School performing solos/ensembles in addition to the 6th Grade Band and 7/8 Grade Band. Students from Lustre Christian School, Nashua, Opheim, Hinsdale, Saco and Whitewater will also be attending. Everyone is invited to listen to music made by these young musicians. The Malta Middle School office will have the performance times of Malta MS musicians....

  • Dodson News for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Eldora Henry, PCN Correspondent|Feb 16, 2022

    The weather has stayed pretty much the same, some warmer days, but lots of wind, and on Friday a short little snowstorm. It has cleared it down so we are seeing a lot more bare ground again. There was a Council on Aging meeting on the ninth with an election of officers for the new year. I hope everyone remembered their special one on Valentine's Day. Bonnie has been delivering some of the lunches from the Center. Polly is still visiting with Nathan and family at Townsend. Watched the Super Bowl...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Feb 16, 2022

    Cindy Clark and I actually spotted a gopher on Wednesday! Then I heard that Chuck Russell was lucky enough to pop one off on Saturday! Now is the best time to get them before they have their new litter. Taylor Hellie's little Boston Terrier ran off on Monday and Taylor searched and searched for him. On Sunday she got a call that he had been found in the hay bales by Pete and Carol Lumsdens! Isn't that a happy ending? Cecily Norville spent the week with Nana and Papa Lumsden. She was recovering...

  • Whitewater News & Opinion for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Feb 16, 2022

    “Hello” to all especially Connie Wisher and family. So here in Whitewater, basketball is in full swing, as-is all over Montana. In Whitewater, there were ball games on Tuesday with Dodson. The District Tournament will be the week of February 13-19th, at Wolf Point, Montana. Good luck to all teams, especially our Whitewater/NC Mavericks. Some Whitewater ranchers have begun calving. Jean Green is halfway through lambing. She has 2 sets of twins so far. The weather has been so good for newborn bab...

  • Mayor of Dodson Addresses Issue Brought up from 2021 Election

    Feb 16, 2022

    Dear Editor, My name is Angel Arocha, the Mayor of Dodson, Montana. I have occupied that position since being appointed to the vacant seat in May of 2021 and elected in November 2021. During my tenure, the City Council and I have worked on a number of exciting projects by bringing technology to our little town along with other projects that we are pursuing for the improvement of our community. Apparently, a potential problem with the conduct of the last election has been reported to county election officials. There seems to be much outside...

  • Wolves are what elk used to be

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|Feb 16, 2022

    It doesn’t seem so long ago that folks were all worked up about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. There were worries that the predators would devastate the elk herds, then move out of the park and begin preying on cattle. Outfitters and ranchers were up in arms. While elk numbers in the park fell drastically following the reintroduction, cattle survived relatively unscathed. And we were told the wolves weren’t actually killing all the elk, but simply redistributing the...

  • Dorothy Barton

    Feb 16, 2022

    Dorothy Barton, 92, peacefully passed away on February 6 with her daughters and sons-in-laws by her side. Her kindness, generosity, sense of humor, and faith and trust in Jesus were as evident in her passing as they were in her daily life. Dorothy was born in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on March 1, 1929 to Charles and Mabel Schroeder and raised on a dairy farm with her beloved sisters, Marion, Alice, and Marjorie. She graduated from Crystal Lake High School and Ellis Business School. Dorothy met her... Full story

  • Preserving agricultural land, legacies in North-Central Montana

    Laura Nelson, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance|Feb 16, 2022

    Do you want your farm or ranch business to remain intact for the next generation? Most do. Do you want the family to get along and come home for gatherings? Most do. What most farms don’t do, according to farm family coach Elaine Froese, is break down assumptions, have robust respectful family meetings, and discover the expectations of ALL family members for the succession or transition of the farm. Froese is an expert in quickly mapping out the family dynamic and identifying the key challenges that need to be unpacked. Froese is a certified pr...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Feb 16, 2022

    Malta Senior Center BINGO is every Friday at 1:00 at the Malta Senior Center PCCF Meeting / Presentation 2-16-22. The Phillips County Community Foundation will host a public gathering and conversation gathering called "The Culture of Giving" with speaker Jim Bennett, Philanthropy Office, with the Montana Community Foundation. The meeting is open to the public at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 16, at the GN Lodge Room. American Red Cross Malta Community Blood Drive 2-17-22. The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive for the Malta...

  • Memories for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Compiled by Mark Foss|Feb 16, 2022

    1 years ago- Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Nutrition key to Malta’s Head Start meals Where’s the one place you’re guaranteed a filling, nutritious and wholesome meal? The Malta Head Start Program…Honest! Bonnie Ost has been cooking for the Head Start program for eight years (she’s been cooking since childhood when she was Bonnie Koss on the family ranch). Raising seven children (one a nephew), Bonnie has learned what children like to eat and brings that knowledge to her menus for the Head Start program. “The Child Adult Food Care Program (CAFCP...

  • Phillips County Youth Sewing Club

    Feb 16, 2022

  • Forever Red, White, and Blue

    Kari Green and Ken Ruzicka, PCN Correspondent and American Legion|Feb 16, 2022

    Welcoming Veterans and guests to the VFW Club are two benches which have a refreshing and bright appearance with a touch up. The benches are in memory of Veteran Mike McEwen and were recently anonymously treated to fresh paint and upgrading. The VFW extends their appreciation to the skilled and talented craftsman for the time and generosity shared to make the welcome to the Club a warm one. The Club is open at this time on Tuesday to Saturday from 4 til 8. The Club hosts a Jam Session the first...

  • Mustang Foundation Announces New County-wide Veseth Scholarship

    Darlene Kolczak, For the PCN|Feb 16, 2022

    It is with great pleasure that the Mustang Foundation will be the recipient of one new scholarship which will be a trades scholarship (makes two of those) and the previous 4 added last year from the Late Michael Veseth and Rosemary Sylwester Veseth. These scholarships will be worth $1,000.00 each and will be awarded each year over the next four years. These scholarships are available to anyone who applies in the county. The applications will be available at the schools in Phillips County or on the Malta High School website under the Mustang...

  • M-ettes head into 2B District Tourney

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 16, 2022

    The Malta M-ettes basketball team enters the District 2B Tournament as this week's top seed after posting a perfect 8-0 record against district opponents. The M-ettes concluded their regular season with three wins last week, defeating the Harlem Lady Wildcats 66-46 on Monday, February 7, in Malta. Then the team defeated the Poplar Lady Indians 80-43 in Malta. They defeated Shelby 57-27 in the last game of the season. The M-ettes will face the winner of Harlem and Poplar's Game 1 clash. Malta...

  • Malta finishes season 7-1 in 2B Games

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 16, 2022

    The postseason for the Malta Mustangs basketball team has arrived. The team ended the regular season on a high note, defeating Poplar 85-41 on Friday, February 11, in Malta, and challenging Shelby in a 52-41 loss. The Mustangs basketball team enters this week's tourney as the top seed, having gone 7-1 against district 2B opponents in the regular season. The District 2B Tournament is scheduled to take place at Glasgow High School starting on Thursday, February 17. In earning the top spot, on...

  • Mears earns second at Wrestling Championship

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 16, 2022

    The Malta–Whitewater Wrestling Team was represented in the last round of wrestling at the 2022 MHSA State Wrestling Championships in Billings Montana. Malta's Camryn Mears (35-10), a junior, wrestled returning champion Austin Vanek (38-0) of Cut Bank for the 182-pound championship, on Saturday, February 12, but fell short as he was pinned by Vanek at 1:25. "It didn't end the way we wanted, but we are there," Malta-Whitewater Head Coach Jake French told the PCN. "We have that experience. He w...

  • Mavs, Coyotes Clash; now set for postseason

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 16, 2022

    The North Country Mavericks and Dodson Coyotes are headed to the postseason and both teams are hoping to be two of three teams to punch their tickets to the Eastern C Divisional tournament set to start on Wednesday, March 2. In order to advance, the Coyotes and Mavericks will need to finish in the top three at the 3C District Tournament in Wolf Point, set to start on Wednesday, February 16, and conclude on Saturday, February 19. The two Phillips County teams faced off on Tuesday, February 8, in...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, February 16 2022

    Feb 16, 2022

    TOWN OF SACO MAINTENANCE/UTILITY WORKER Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Maintain and repair property of the Town; use a variety of machines, tools, and equipment; operation of backhoe, truck, and grader as well as other needed equipment. Qualifications consist of a combination of education and experience; High school diploma/GED; natural gas, water, and/or sewer certification; valid driver’s license; communication skills; administrative and paperwork skills; basic computer skills. Must be willing/able to become certified in n...

  • Legals for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Feb 16, 2022

    Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Local Option Motor Vehicle Tax Notice is hereby given, that the Board of County Commissioners of Phillips County, Montana, will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Office of the Phillips County Commissioners, Phillips County Courthouse, 314 S 2nd Ave W, Malta, MT, for the purpose of hearing evidence and testimony of any citizen of Phillips County, Montana, for or against the consideration of placing the request for implementation of the Local Option Motor Vehicle Tax in...

  • VFW Auxiliary Announces Kick-Off of Annual Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest

    Carolyn Schmoeckel, Malta VFW Auxiliary|Feb 16, 2022

    VFW Auxiliary Post 4067 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $33,000 in national scholarships. Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. The entry must have completed during the current 2021-2022 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s signature. Students begin by competing at...


    Paul Tuss, Executive Director of Bear Paw Development|Feb 16, 2022

    Bear Paw Development Corporation recently announced the addition of two new employees to their roster of economic and community development practitioners. Joining the organization is Julea Robbins as Regional Disaster Economic Recovery Coordinator and Wyatt Anderson as Director of Bear Paw's Food and Agriculture Development Center. "We are exceedingly fortunate to have the opportunity to add two individuals to our team who will hit the ground running and will have an immediate and positive...

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