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  • Mr. Engebretson Passes The Baton after 36 Years in Malta

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 10, 2023

    It is official. The announcement many were not wanting to hear has been made. Eric Engebretson, band instructor at Malta Public School has made his decision to retire, effective at the end of the school year. He has taught band to kids for 40 years. Engebretson started his teaching career with a year in grad school and three years in Wolf Point, MT. The years since then have been dedicated to the youth that have filled the band room in the schools in Malta. “Mr. E.” said the highlight of...

  • Senator Lang Gives Farewell Address

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 10, 2023

    As the Montana Legislative session finalized actions on the floors of the Capitol in Helena on May 1st, 2023, Senator Mike Lang (R) District 17, gave his farewell address. After serving 10 years in the political arena, he has made the decision to retire. In his farewell address Sen. Lang introduced his wife, Lorna. Other family members that were present included his sisters, Mary Lundstrom and Anne Boothe, and niece, Kris Boothe, all of Malta. Also attending were his brother, Ken Lang and...

  • Jackson and Cole Top Two For Dodson

    May 10, 2023

    Dodson High School has named the top students for 2022-2023. Valedictorian honors are awarded to Jean Jackson, and Salutatorian honors are bestowed on Emma Cole. Miss Jackson has been active in basketball, Upward Bound, JMG, and Close-up. She has served as Student Council President. She is the granddaughter of Manfred Jones. Her plans following graduation are undecided as of now. Emma Cole is the daughter of Jennifer Perez and Skip Cole. She has been participated in basketball, track, 4-H,...

  • Two New Board Members Elected for Malta Schools

    May 10, 2023

    Voters responded in good numbers for the Tuesday, May 2, 2023, school board election. The election was conducted by mail-in ballot voting. Approximately 60% of voters mailed in their choice for the election. Angel DeVries amassed 780 votes and Katey Marquis received 685 votes to win the election according to the unofficial count provided by the Malta School District Office. Incumbent Justin Lamb received 265 votes. The votes will be canvassed at the next board meeting on May 10. Votes become...

  • Whitewater Names 2023 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

    May 10, 2023

    Whitewater High School announces the top students of 2022-2023, Kora LaBrie, Valedictorian, and Kendra Cummings, Salutatorian. Miss LaBrie has a GPA of 3.987, she is the daughter of Kris and Tricia LaBrie. Kora has been active in volleyball, basketball, track, and 4-H. In school she participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, band and choir. Kora plans to attend Miles Community College and study Allied Health. She will be playing basketball with the Pioneers. Kendra is the daughter...

  • Soup is Great Anytime!

    Sharon Kindle, Malta Senior Center|May 10, 2023

    Anytime you are lucky enough to tuck into a bowl of steaming homemade soup, it is a great time. So soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Malta Senior Center when they join forces with the American Legion garage sale at the VFW. We encourage you to take part in the sale, build up your appetite, and head over to the senior center for nourishment to carry you through the day. The free-will offering will go towards the awning that will be constructed starting in late May, or early June on the front of the center....

  • Senior Listening: Medicare Enrollment

    Lisa Baxter, Aging Services Specialist|May 10, 2023

    If you get Social Security Benefits at least 4 months before turning 65, you are automatically enrolled in Part A and B when you turn 65. You will get a Welcome to Medicare packet in the mail which will include your Medicare card. You can decline Part B if you have other creditable health insurance coverage, just check the box on the back of your Medicare card and mail it back. You will then receive a new card with only Part A indicated. NOTE: you will need to remember to enroll in Part B and Part D (pharmacy) prior to losing your creditable...

  • The Lake Waters Continue to Rise

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|May 10, 2023

    The water is back. Following years of drought that dried up much of the state, an exceptional winter snowpack appears to have turned the tide. Every stock tank and ox bow up here is brim full. I may even have a lake house once again. For two years the water in Fort Peck Lake has been dropping, so much so that the bay upon which my house sits began to more closely resemble a ditch. Since the first of March, however, the lake has been rising steadily, up nearly four feet already, and the snow in t...

  • At Long Last... Ag Day

    Kari Hould, Karis Quiet Corner|May 10, 2023

    On Friday, March 24th, Ag Day was held for the first time at the Event Center, which is the old National Guard Armory on the south skirt of town. The space provided ground level access and those with displays and tables filled the area to the walls. Colorful displays and customer handouts were all on display for those making the rounds. Agricultural entities as well as businesses from across the Hi-Line brought the people through the doors. Several banks, the museum, real estate agencies, wildlife and nature business, and military/homeland secu...

  • William (Bill) Edward Baker (June 15, 1946 - May 1, 2023)

    May 10, 2023

    William Edward Baker (Bill), 76 passed away peacefully on May 1, 2023, of natural causes at Northern Montana Hospital in Havre, MT with his family by his side. Bill was born June 15, 1946, in Havre, MT to Ed and Arline (Klingler) Baker. Bill was raised on the family farm near Savoy where he learned the value of hard work. He attended school at Savoy and graduated from Harlem High School in 1964. On July 8th, 1970, Bill married the love of his life Catherine Weeres. They had two boys, Michael born in 1972 and Scott born in 1976. A guitar given... Full story

  • Thelma Jean Stubblefield Bjorklund (November 2, 1938 - April 30, 2023)

    May 10, 2023

    Thelma Jean Stubblefield Bjorklund passed away from natural causes on April 30, 2023. She was 84 years old. Born in Malta, MT on November 2, 1938, to Everett and Millie Stubblefield, she was raised on the family farm near Loring, MT, and later moved into Malta for school. Thelma graduated from Malta High School in 1955. At the age of 16, she attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1959 with a degree in Social Work and a Minor in Music. While in Missoula she met her husband of nearly 64 years, Gary Bjorklund. Married life led them to... Full story

  • Loring News for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|May 10, 2023

    Springtime means the return of the songbirds, branding, sorting cows, mowing the yard, and activities like music festival, track meets, recitals, etc. Everett Blunt was in his first recital on Sunday. He was able to play in Nancy Murdock’s group of students even though he takes lessons from Carol Lumsden. I’m sure he performed well! Paige Wasson and Kennedy Simonson were the kids from Loring to compete in the State Music Festival with the Whitewater group. They earned superior ratings and...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    May 10, 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. MHS Pops Concert 5-10-23 Come watch our local...

  • Memories for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    Compiled by Jennifer French|May 10, 2023

    10 yrs ago May 8, 2013 ATV Riders, Others Finding Little Rockies a Good Place to Recreate The Little Rockies are becoming increasingly popular with all-terrain vehicle riders, dirt bikers, horse riders, and hikers. As a result, they'll be getting more attention from the Bureau of Land Management which manages public lands. The Little Rockies have "become a destination area" for some people, noted Kathy Tribby, outdoor recreation planner for the BLM's Hi-Line District which stretches from...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    May 10, 2023

    Seasonal Lifeguards The City of Malta is accepting applications for seasonal Lifeguards. Applications and job descriptions are available at the city office during regular business hours. Applications are to be returned to the city office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2023. City of Malta is an EEO employer. The city reserves the right to reject any or all applications. ----------------- PT SEASONAL SPRAYER Malta Irrigation District is seeking one (1) part-time seasonal spray employee. Must have a valid drivers’ license. Job duties include...

  • Legals for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    May 10, 2023

    NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE The undersigned hereby gives notice that on the 30th day of August, 2023, at the hour of 11:00 o’clock A.M., at the front main entrance of the Phillips County Courthouse located at 314 South 2nd Avenue West in Malta, Montana, STEPHEN R. BROWN, JR., as the Successor Trustee of the Deed of Trust described below, under the direction of INDEPENDENCE BANK, in order to satisfy the obligation owed to it as set forth in this Notice, will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, lawful money of the United...

  • Newly Appointed Undersheriff Robinson Sworn In

    May 10, 2023

  • Council Met on April 25, was honored by Malta AAU Wrestling Club

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 10, 2023

    Malta's City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 25. Malta Mayor John Demarais, Malta Clerk and Treasurer Lorie Bond were present, as well as all council members including councilperson David Rummel, councilperson William Hicks, and councilperson James Sintler. Councilperson Bonnie Wiederrick was not present. At the start of the meeting, the Little Guy AAU Wrestling team came by to thank the council for the use of the armory or event center last season and hope the city will...

  • Dirt Daubers, Kiwanis Decorate Oak Barrels Throughout Malta

    Rosemary S. Veseth, For the PCN|May 10, 2023

    Recently members of the Malta Dirt Daubers Garden Club, assisted by volunteers from Malta Kiwanis, decorated 50 oak barrels located throughout down town Malta.. Each barrel received a colorful birdhouse setting near a small white picket fence decorated with spring flowers. The birdhouses and white fences had all been painted by members as a special project to beautify Malta. Later, as weather permits, colorful petunias will be placed in the barrels....

  • Basketball Camp Raises over $10,000 For Skyla, over 200 Attend

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 10, 2023

    Last Sunday, the M-ette Alumni held a Girls/Boys Basketball Camp for Malta M-ette legend and Montana Lady Griz Hall of Famer Skyla Sisco, in hopes to help with her battle with breast cancer. The event featured former M-ettes as instructors, helped by current M-ettes, as well as speeches by former M-ette Head Coach Terry Lindgren, and former Athletic Director/Principal Scott King. Her mother Marla Sisco and father Dan Sisco also helped with the camp. In all, the camp was attended by 210 students...

  • HS Track: Phillips County Athletes Attend Top Ten Meet in Glasgow

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 10, 2023

    All four Phillips County Track teams were represented at the Annual Norm Girard North-East Top 10 meet in Glasgow last Tuesday, May 2. No team scores were kept at the meet, and only the top four in each event were placers. Dodson Freshman Kylee Ball was Dodson's lone athlete and placed ninth in the women's discus with a throw of 86-05. Whitewater's Lady Penguins had two individual champions in the meet. Shelbi LaBrie set personal bests in the 1600 and 3200 respectively. She had a time of...

  • Malta Golf Teams Head to Postseason

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|May 10, 2023

    The Malta golf teams saw action in Wolf Point last week, at the Poplar Invitational on Thursday, May 4, and in Conrad for the Cowboy invitational on Monday, May 1. “The kids did well as a whole in Wolf Point for our last season meet,” Malta Head Coach Kate Webb told the PCN. “Everyone improved and it was a great day! Teams are feeling ready going into divisionals!” In Poplar, scores were combined amongst all golfers male and female. Glasgow’s Riley Smith won the meet with 81 strokes...

  • Storytime Features GIANT Map of Montana

    Sarah Osmundson, For the PCN|May 10, 2023

    The Phillips County Library Storytime children enjoyed a GIANT Map of MT for the end of season finale. Storytime was held every Wednesday at 10:30 am through the school year. It was geared toward the younger children ages 0 to 5 so they can learn about the library, start a love of reading, and experience socialization. This year the leader, Sarah Osmundson, carried through with the theme of the United States of America. "Our first meeting in September 2022 we talked about the USA, the capitol...

  • Phillips County Library Receives ELSA Award

    Janeen Brookie, P. C. Librarian|May 10, 2023

    The Phillips County Library was one of 34 libraries in the state to receive the "EXCELLENT LIBRARY SERVICES AWARD" from the Montana State Library. This is a prestigious award as any academic, public, school or special library in the state can apply. Adding up the number of libraries in those categories comes to a total of 730 libraries that could apply. Each year library directors complete the online application indicating criteria the library has achieved. If a library meets the required...