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    Mar 15, 2023

  • Mustangs Dribble Their Way to Second Place at State

    Mar 15, 2023


    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Mar 15, 2023

    Few things will change with the beauty salon known to many as "Shear Essence", located on Central Avenue in Malta, even with new ownership. Caitlin Robinson, who owns and operates 406 Spray Tan and 406 Beauty on 1st Street West recently purchased the "Shear Essence" business from Tiffany Fercho. Tiffany will be moving following her pending marriage. Caitlin is married to Cole Robinson and they reside in Saco on the Robinson Ranch. She graduated from cosmetology school in Omaha, NE, before...


    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Mar 15, 2023

    It's the time of year again, as ewe might know...time to trim back those eyebrows a bit. The saying, "pulling the wool over your eyes" takes on a reality check. Across the county, livestock owners of sheep take on the grueling task of shearing the woolies. Such was the plan for the quiet Saturday at the Brian Green feedlot as his sheep received a quick encounter with the blades. Doing the coiffeur honor for Green was Zeb Olson. There is no doubt, the skills and talents of a sheep shearer are to...


    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Mar 15, 2023

    What do Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Jane Pauly, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen have in common? What do they have in common with Sandra (Nicholson) Calk, Katy Anderson, Joe Nicholson, and even our own Draven Lageson and Shawn Bleth? Those are local individuals. Some former residents and graduates include Doug Kaufman, Shannon (Hould) Stroh, Maureen (Golik) Lundman, Denise (Maloney) Boothe, Sarina (Green) Venable, and Kristen Wiederrick. All these individuals had the privilege and opportunity to attend a 7-day event at the...

  • Hoping to Avoid the Atmospheric River

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|Mar 15, 2023

    Leaving Malta, a couple of weeks ago, headed south on vacation, we managed to slip between storms sweeping the country. Except for a stretch of snow-covered highway through Island Park, Idaho, we had dry pavement all the way to the desert. I doubt we’ll be so lucky on our return trip. The atmospheric river which I had been hearing so much about this winter is still raging. We’re on the edge of it and we’re nearly in Mexico. Somewhere between here and home, I suspect we’ll have to cross...

  • Norma Jean (Opp) Petersen (November 23, 1934- February 11, 2023)

    Mar 15, 2023

    Norma Jean (Opp) Petersen was born in Hebron, ND on November 23rd , 1934 to Simon and Marie (Ketterling) Opp. She grew up on the family farm, south of Hebron. Norma graduated from High School in 1952, and started teaching in a rural school that fall, while attending Dickinson State college. After graduation, she moved to Plentywood, MT to teach. She taught 4 years in Plentywood, 29 years in Scobey, and 4 years in the rural school for a total of 37 years teaching. Norma had a great love for children and teaching them to read. During this time,... Full story

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

    Helen Austin, PCN Correspondent|Mar 15, 2023

    Sympathy to all shoveling deep snow, like in California. We Montanans are more used to tough winters. Most of Whitewater area went to basketball tournaments in Billings. Congratulations to the North County Mavericks and all players on the team! Some folks also went to games in Great Falls, to see the Mustangs and the M-ettes. The Whitewater School band got to go to the Billings games, congratulations. The band adds so much. Also, congratulations to our own Samantha Wisher who sings the National...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Mar 15, 2023

    March 8: I am home! Eleven days in Florida were packed with activities and adventures. My host, Fran Compton, spoiled me rotten! I loved it! First of all, I flew into Fort Myers, stayed overnight, and met Sophia Stiles for breakfast. What a wonderful visit! From there Fran drove to Lake Placid where she lives but first, we stopped at a fresh fruit stand! I couldn’t believe all the delicious fruit and vegetables were displayed! So many kinds! We picked some oranges, bananas, star fruit,...

  • Dodson News for Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Eldora Henry, PCN Correspondent|Mar 15, 2023

    It is still staying cold and miserable and over the weekend we had one of the worst storms of the winter. It snowed and blew hard from the east and dumped about eight inches of snow on the two feet or so that was already there and after the winds arranged it in drifts where there had not been drifts it was a lot of snow to get moved. Then there is a large water break that is wasting a lot of water downtown and is flooding quite an area. The community was saddened with the death of lifelong...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Mar 15, 2023

    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. City Council Meetings City Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at City Hall at 5 p.m. PC Library Knitting and Crochet Club The Phillips County Library hosts a knitting and crochet group from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. Malta Lutheran Church MLC Wednesday’s month of...

  • Memories for Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Mar 15, 2023

    10 yrs ago Mar. 13, 2013 Hey Mom, I got this… Logan Abrahamson, local Eagle Scout, received recognition at the District Scout Banquet. He received the Heroism Award for his efforts in putting out a gasoline fire on his mother when she was attempting to start a vehicle in cold weather. He is the son of Willie and Jan Abrahamson. Boots back on US soil Members of the 484th Military Police Company headquartered in Malta gathered for a photo together after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. They arrived home for demobilization in Fort...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Mar 15, 2023

    Apartment for rent 310 South Central Avenue. One bedroom upstairs with full bath. Large kitchen and living room. Two nonconforming rooms downstairs, with another full bath. Washer/Dryer hookups. Lots of storage in the basement. Has new hardwood floors, recently painted upstairs. Within walking distance to the grocery store and downtown. Parking is provided in the rear of the complex. Water and garbage are paid for by the owner; the tenant pays for all other services. The first month's rent and deposit are required. No pets and no smokers. Call...

  • Legals for Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Mar 15, 2023

    Edward A. Amestoy, Cole, Amestoy & O’Brien, PLLP 113 South 2nd Street West P.O. Box 1280 Malta, Montana 59538 Phone: (406) 654-2541 Attorneys for Personal Representative MONTANA SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, COUNTY OF PHILLIPS In the Matter of the Estate ) Probate No. DP-2023-06 Of ) BETTY MUNSON, ) NOTICE TO CREDITORS ) Deceased. ) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above named estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims...

  • P. C. V. Firefighters will hold Annual Burger Feed at Ag Days

    Josh Newman, P. C. Volunteer Fire Chief|Mar 15, 2023

    Agricultural Days are approaching once again. The Phillips County / Malta Volunteer Fire Department would like to invite the community to our annual goodwill burger feed. It is understood that we would only be able to provide the services we do with the support of the entire Phillips County community, businesses, and ranches. The Volunteer Fire Department would like everyone to know how much we appreciate the enormous support we receive. We are incredibly grateful and are not unaware of how...

  • FWP concerned that more ponds in northeast Montana have winterkilled

    Marc Kloker, MT FWP Region 6|Mar 15, 2023

    The climate in northeast Montana the last few years hasn't been the best for our area fishing ponds. Back-to-back summer droughts and now a tough, long winter this year, have left fish populations in many ponds and small reservoirs across northeastern Montana with little room to breathe. As a result, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking anglers to help identify ponds this spring that may have winterkilled. What causes fish to winterkill? There are many factors that influence a pond to...

  • Winners of Montana Ag in Color Drawing Contest Announced

    Mar 15, 2023

    The Montana Farm Bureau Federation has announced the winners of the Montana Youth Agriculture Literacy program drawing contest. "Montana Ag in Color" was developed in recognition of National Ag Week, March 21-27, as a creative competition for elementary school children. Each grade was given a different agricultural theme ranging from "Grains of Montana" and "Cattle in Agriculture" to noxious weeds, farm safety and ag-related careers. One winner was selected from each grade with judges selecting...

  • We're In This Together As a Team

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Mar 15, 2023

    Recently, Mayor John Demarais met with Mike Muñoz, City Compliance Officer, and individuals within the community to address the City appearance and a general clean-up. “We’re gunna start cleaning up the town,” said Mayor Demarais. The effort will be “team” driven, as the City wants to work hand-in-hand with the residents to make the City cleaner, more appealing and in turn, healthier. The decay of building, sheds, fences and other breeding grounds and nesting grounds are on the list. “Are we Mayberry? No…but our town was clean an...

  • P. C. Cattlewomen Announce 2023's First New Resident

    Mar 15, 2023

    It has been a tradition of Phillips County CattleWomen to acknowledge the first new resident born each year; and though we have taken a hiatus during the covid years we are happy to resume it with the first resident born of 2023, Libby Boos! Libby was born on January 9, 2023, to Kyle and Kirsten Boos, and doesn't she just make the cutest little calf! PC CattleWomen are thrilled to welcome the county's first baby of 2023, so please join us in celebrating another sweet babe to the community and...

  • Lady Mavericks Win 2023 State C Championship! A Perfect 26-0 Season!

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Mar 15, 2023

    For the first time in the co-op's history, the North Country Lady Mavericks, consisting of basketball players from Saco, Whitewater, Hinsdale, have won the State C Girls Championship! The North Country Lady Mavericks defeated the Twin Bridges Lady Falcons 59-26 on Saturday, March 11, at the 2023 State C Tournament held at First Interstate Arena in Billings. The win topped off a perfect 26-0 season. "I am extremely proud of how the girls played," Lady Mavericks Head Coach Amber Erickson told the...

  • Mustangs Second at State B Tourney

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Mar 15, 2023

    The Malta Mustangs basketball team began and finished their 2022-23 campaign against the Loyola Sacred Heart Rams. The last of the two meetings was a 65-55 loss to the Rams in the 2023 State B Title game last Saturday, March 11, at Montana Expopark in Great Falls. Despite compiling a 12-5 regular season record, the Mustangs went on to earn three trophies in the 2023 postseason, a second place finish in the 2B District Tournament, a first place finish in the Northern B Divisional Tournament and...

  • M-ettes Run Ends in Consolation Semifinals

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Mar 15, 2023

    The season came to an end for the Malta M-ettes last Saturday, March 11, in a 63-46 loss to the Baker Spartans in the 2023 State B Tournament's second round of consolation games. The M-ettes' journey at state started with a quarterfinal win over the Columbus Lady Cougars on Thursday, March 9. The score was 46-38. Malta went on to lose their semifinal game 45-43 to the Big Timber Herders who went on to lose the State Championship to the Bigfork Valkyries 49-37 on Saturday night. Baker went on to...

  • Malta Mustang AAU Wrestlers Place First at the Big Spring Brawl in Lewistown

    Mar 15, 2023

    This group of Malta Mustang AAU wrestlers received the first place team trophy at the Big Spring Brawl in Lewistown on Sunday, March 5th. Back Row: Oden Oyler, Calvin Squires, Cooper Pankratz, Rio Oxarart, Knox Sorensen, Ivan Taylor, Trent Blunt, Beau Nelson, Beckett Young Front Row: Quinton Wright, Connor Oxarart, Tucker Moog, Fletcher Spencer, Gemma Wright, Titus Carnahan, Wyatt Oxarart, Zander Young, Jack Spencer Not pictured: Sonnie Davis, Etta Blunt, Everett Blunt, Amus Blunt, Jakobi...

  • Glasgow Ice Dawg Pewee Teams Earns Second Place at 2023 State Tourney

    Mar 15, 2023

  • Avoid March Madness Binge Drinking

    Mar 15, 2023

    March Madness is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, and it positively affects every school involved. Yet, the tournament does expose students and fans to the negative influence of excessive alcohol use. It can be challenging to avoid the pitfalls of binge drinking during any significant sporting event. Fortunately, there are practical approaches that anyone can use. Binge drinking is most common among young adults aged 18 to 34, primarily men. "Even young adults needs...

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