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  • Teams Bring Back District Gold

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Four Day Week, Athletics, on the School Board Agenda

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Feb 21, 2024

    To accommodate the school schedule, the monthly Malta School Board met Monday, Feb. 12th at 7 p.m. Following the pledge to the flag the meeting was called to order by Chairman Carter Clausen. The first item on the agenda was to approve the minutes from the last meeting, approve the agenda for the meeting, and approve the claims. Board member Scott Meneely made a motion to approve these items, Board member Jessica Oyler seconded the motion, and with a unanimous vote, the items were approved. The Showcase for this month was a video of the Element...

  • Pankratz, Dodson Educator, Pens Letter from Fulbright in Finland

    Ashley Pankratz, For the PCN|Feb 21, 2024

    Like many of the young writers in my classes, I wonder where to start. I struggle with reflecting in enough depth about the experience that was Fulbright Finland's orientation. I come to terms with the actuality that whatever I write will do and that my readers are genuinely more interested in this Fulbright experience than in my overthought composition of the adventure. So here goes... During the orientation (January 23-25), I was confronted by the warmth of the Finnish Fulbright staff, the...

  • The Mustang Foundation To Have Four Veseth Scholarships

    Rosemary S. Veseth, For the PCN|Feb 21, 2024

    Attention Phillips County high school graduating seniors. Graduation will be here soon and now is the time to apply for scholarships. The Mustang Foundation has four Veseth Scholarships to be given to seniors graduating from any high school in Phillips County. Each scholarship is $1,000.00 and is given after the student has completed one semester of college or trade school and has turned in a sealed copy of their grades to the Mustang Foundation. Students interested in applying should phone Darlene Kolczak of the Mustang Foundation at 406 390...

  • Get Excited About the Red, White, and Blue

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Feb 21, 2024

    VFW Auxiliary Announces Kick-Off of National Anthem Singing Contest. VFW Auxiliary post 4067 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s national anthem singing contest, Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue! Local youth in grades K-12 can showcase their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity while competing for their share of $2,000 in national awards. Contestants must submit a video of their solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Video must be saved to a flash drive, or uploaded to an on...

  • Young American Patriotic Creative Art Contest

    Sharon Kindle, Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067|Feb 21, 2024

    To all the aspiring artists in the county grades 9-12, VFW Post 4067 is offering two art contests for you. These two contests, Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest and 2 and 3-Demensional Art are open to grades 9-12 to all county school students, be it homeschooled or in-school; you are invited to take part. For Patriotic Art, if students use the American flag, it must conform to the Federal Flag Code in relation to colors, number of stars and stripes and other pertinent rules of the code. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not...

  • My Shotgun Would've Kept Me From Facing My Fear

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|Feb 21, 2024

    I have a fear of falling. It’s not age-related. I just don’t like to fall. It often hurts. During hunting season I’m especially careful. The ground is uneven if not steep, the footing precarious. If I take a misstep and lose my balance I always protect the gun, letting my elbows and backside hit the ground instead of the fancy walnut stock. That approach has served me well. While my elbows and backside may be scarred and bruised, my 20-gauge, Italian over-and-under only bears a couple of hard-...

  • Sherman Craig Adams (March 19, 1951 -January 22, 2024)

    Feb 21, 2024

    Sherman Craig Adams of Ethel, Washington, left his earthly home to be with Jesus on Jan. 22, 2024. Sherman was born in Helena, Montana, to the late Gilbert and Mary Helen Adams on March 19, 1951. He grew up in Wolf Creek and Malta, Montana, where he had fond memories of hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. As a senior in high school, he moved to Spanaway, Washington, and later moved to Randle, Washington. He married his first wife, Joleen Auman, and loved being an... Full story

  • Loring News for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Feb 21, 2024

    Congrats to the North Country Lady Mavericks and the M-ettes and Mustangs on their championships at their individual District tournaments! Also, congrats to the North Country Mavericks on their 3rd place finish and the right to go to divisional! I made the trip north on Sunday and we saw about 50 hawks on the power poles! It is a sign of spring! We also saw two bald eagles! Jeanie Green reported that she heard a meadowlark already! And I’m assuming that the geese are in at the Austin place. I...

  • North Country News for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Pat Murdock, PCN Correspondent|Feb 21, 2024

    Whit Ozark (9) stood tall on the podium in Butte at the wrestling tournament. He won a medallion for 2nd Place!! Trax and Gray Simanton were in Poplar at the last wrestling tournament. Trax got a win in his weight class 123- 5th Grade. Lacey, Rowdy, and Ridge Beil came to Pat Murdock’s to visit on Friday. Therese took the kids sledding up the big hills. It was a cold day too. Then Jett Anderson brought his boys for a visit as well that same afternoon. Ryett, Rodee, and Rip. Other visitors last week at the Murdock farm were Jimmy Murdock, Lexie...

  • 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...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Feb 21, 2024

    Malta Senior Center BINGO is every Friday at 1:00 at the Malta Senior Center Malta School Board Mtg School Board Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the MHS Boardroom. Times and dates are subject to change. (March 13) City Council Meetings City Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at City Hall at 5 p.m. Knitting and Crochet Club The Knitting & Crochet Club will meet at Gone to Pieces Quilt Shop at 11 a.m. every Thursday. Lunch at River’s Bend Mon. and Wed. River’s Bend Assisted...

  • Memories for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Feb 21, 2024

    1 yrs ago Feb. 19, 2014 Coming back to Malta from different directions, each having different ties, Anna (Barthelmess) and Cliff Merriman chose Malta and were “Coming home…;” they brought their daughter, Courtney, and son, Beau. Channing Mavencamp of Saco High School was initiated as a new member of the National Honor Society. The sister act in basketball was playing out between sisters, Mercedes and Sophia Stiles, as the Malta M-ettes team up for action on the court. Veteran teacher, Vic Schumacher, after the Malta School Board did not vote...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Feb 21, 2024

    Malta School District Job Announcement Full-Time Paraprofessional Malta Public Schools is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Paraprofessional. This position provides assistance to teachers and students with various needs. Duties would include one-on-one and group assisted instruction of students. Applicant will be hired upon approval of a satisfactory background check. Wages are DOE with benefits to include health insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement. Applications can be found on the District website, www.m...

  • Legals for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Feb 21, 2024

    The City of Malta will conduct a public hearing on February 27, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. in the council chambers of Malta City Hall. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comments concerning repair and maintenance projects pursuant to State-Local Infrastructure Partnership Act (HB355) Funding. A draft of the proposed project list will be available for inspection at City Hall. Persons and/or their agent(s) may appear in person or send written comments to Mayor John Demarais, PO Box 1300, Malta, MT 59538 no later than 12 noon February...

  • Stockman Bank To Expand Services In Northwest Montana

    Submitted by Nicole Sherman, Marketing Officer, Stockman Bank|Feb 21, 2024

    (Miles City, MT) Stockman Bank has agreed to acquire three of HTLF Bank’s (HTLF) Rocky Mountain Bank division branches located in Kalispell, Bigfork and Plains, Montana. “We are excited for this opportunity to serve more of our neighbors in Northwest Montana,” said Bill Coffee, CEO of Stockman Bank. “We welcome Rocky Mountain Bank’s employees and customers to Stockman and look forward to introducing our unique brand of local, community banking, focused on serving the financial needs of the people, businesses and communities of Montana....

  • Malta Mustangs Earn District Title, Defend Homecourt at Northern B

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    The Malta Mustangs Basketball Team won their first 2B District Championship since 2021 in Wolf Point, as they defeated the Poplar Indians 55-45 in the 2B title game on Saturday, February 17. To reach the championship game, Malta defeated the Fairview Warriors 67-55 in the semifinals on Thursday, February 15. Malta High School will host the 2024 Northern B Divisional Tournament starting on February 22. The tourney will conclude on Saturday, February 24, unless there is a need for a challenge...

  • Lady Mavericks Earn Fourth Straight District Title

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    The North Country Lady Mavericks basketball team won their fourth straight 3C District title last Saturday night in Glasgow. The defending 2023 State C Champions defeated the Scobey Lady Spartans 49-27 in the 3C Title Match. To reach the championship, the Lady Mavericks defeated the Lustre Christian Lady Lions 58-21 in the semifinals. The Lady Mavericks will face the Savage Warriors on Thursday, February 28, in the first round of the 2024 Eastern C Divisional Tournament set to be held in Glasgow...

  • M-ettes 4-Peat the 2B Title

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    The Malta M-ette basketball team won their fourth straight 2B District Championship last Saturday Night in Wolf Point. "It feels really good," sophomore Neva Jacobson said. "That is four years in a row. We just had a good environment and I think that helped us win it." The environment was both hostile and encouraging for the M-ettes, who had nearly every team in the 2B District cheering against them. "It kind of felt like everybody was against us except for Malta," Junior Kelbie Nelson said. "Bu...

  • Mavericks Earn Spot in Eastern C Divisional

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    The North Country Maverick boys basketball team has punched their ticket to the Eastern C Divisional in Glasgow starting on Wednesday, February 28. The Mavericks earned the fourth seed in the Eastern C, by going 2-2 at the 3C District Tournament last weekend in Glasgow. "It feels awesome!" Maverick Head Coach Haakon Fredrickson said about making it to Divisionals. "Very rewarding after the work they put in over the summer and throughout the season. The boys played a ton of basketball over the...

  • Coyotes Compete Hard in 3C District Tournament, but Season Ends

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    The 2023-24 season came to an end for the Dodson Coyotes basketball team last Friday in Glasgow, at the 2024 District 3C Tournament. The Coyotes fell in the first round to the Circle Wildcats 72-64 on Wednesday, February 14. Dodson bounced back to eliminate the Frazer Bearcubs 79-36 in the first round of consolation on Thursday, February 15. The Coyotes' season ended with a 57-45 loss to the North Country Mavericks, who qualified for the Eastern C Divisional Tournament by defeating Dodson. In...

  • Lady Coyotes Fall in District Tourney, Defeat Nashua In Consolation

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    The season ended for the Lady Coyotes at the District 3C Tournament last Friday, February 16, in Glasgow. The Lady Coyotes did make some noise on the way out, defeating the Nashua Lady Porcupines 44-23 in the first round of consolation games on Thursday, February 15. Dodson fell 60-13 to the Circle Wildcats in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, February 14. They fell to the Lustre Christian Lady Lions 61-19 the day after their win over Nashua. Jazlyn KillEagle led Dodson in their...

  • School Calendars for the Week of February 21, 2024

    Feb 21, 2024

    Class C Calendar Dodson Check out www.dodson.k12.mt.us to keep up with the Coyotes! Saco Feb. 21: NHS Induction Ceremony Feb. 22: Hoops for Heart Feb. 28-Mar. 2: Eastern C Div. BB Tourney @ Glasgow Whitewater Feb. 28-Mar. 2: Eastern C Div. BB Tourney @ Glasgow Malta School Calendar Feb. 22-24: Boys BB N. B Divisional Tournament @ Malta Feb. 29-Mar. 2: Girls BB N B Divisional Tournament @ Conrad...

  • Malta Sewer Line Experiences Emergency Failure

    Feb 21, 2024

    City of Malta Mayor John Demarais and the City of Malta issued an emergency resolution for the public on Tuesday, February 20. Resolution No. 1342 is a declaration of emergency stating that main sewer system line transporting waste from the Trafton Park Lift Station and Malta Sewage Treatment Plant has experienced a failure. In talking with mayor Demarais, they are still determining the size of the failure (leak size). This Resolution will allow Mayor Demarais and the City to work with the... Full story

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