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  • Courthouse Ready for the Season

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Dec 13, 2023

    If one didn't know better, one might be led to believe that elfin' magic happened in the middle of the night at the Court House. Standing graciously on the ground floor of the Court House is the seasonal display put together and arranged by the fairies and pixies (aka the employees). The theme this year was based around gingerbread houses and the display is one you should make an effort to come see while it is up. Spearheaded by Jodee Lee (in her spare time), the elegant tree is surrounded by...

  • Family Dollar on Track for Late January 2024 Opening

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Dec 13, 2023

    The big rush and opportunity to get a jump start on business with the Christmas season is taking a back seat at the Family Dollar Store on the south edge of town. Donovan Martin, of Ogden, Utah, and Ben Winkle of St. George, Utah, are the general contractors on the development of the new business store that will potentially employ four to six employees once they are up and running. The two head contractors are both less than 30 years old. Doug Ost, who sold the property to the development...

  • Malta Chamber 2023 Parade of Lights a Huge Success

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Dec 13, 2023

    The magic of Christmas hit the streets of Malta on Monday the 4th of December, and a good portion of the town residents showed up and lined the streets for the annual Parade of Lights. As the music of the holiday season played at the Veterans Park on Front Street, families lined up and anxiously awaited the flashing lights and, of course, the candy thrown from the parade entries! Young and old, ready with bags, were scrambling to retrieve the goodies tossed among the crowd. This year, the chairm...

  • Red Cross November Blood Drawing, 54 Donors Turn Out

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Dec 13, 2023

    The Chairman of the local Red Cross Blood Draw, Teresa Hotchkiss, was pleased with the turnout and results at the blood draw on November 30th. The goal was 58 units and donors contributed 54, falling short by four pints. There were no first time donors at this drive, according to Hotchkiss. Registration was manned by volunteers, Judy Henry, Linda Steck, Velmya Broadhead and Sharon Emond. The luncheon was compliments of the Community Church ladies and cleanup angels were the Hinkson and Beck families. The next blood draw will be in early 2024...

  • Street Talk...for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Dec 13, 2023

    Averee Matthews: "I remember! It was the year I got my phone!" Layla Messerly: "I got an archery bow for Christmas from my older sister and that's probably my favorite; I've been doing that since I was eight or nine." Supt. Steve Bucks: "I remember when I was little, my dad got this great big tree. It would barely fit in our living room, but we had a cathedral ceiling – so it was smack dab in the middle of the living room and we had a little path to walk on each side of it...but we had a T...

  • Tester Secures $15 Million to Improve Montana Amtrak Service, Upgrade Empire Builder Infrastructure around Malta

    Harry Child, The Office of U.S. Senator Jon Tester|Dec 13, 2023

    As a part of his continued effort to support efficient Amtrak service in Montana, and as a direct result of his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Job Act (IIJA), U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $14.9 million in funding to upgrade rail infrastructure in and around Malta along the Empire Builder route. Tester worked with five Republicans and four Democrats to negotiate the IIJA and was the only member of Montana’s Congressional delegation to vote for the bill. “As someone who’s spent his entire life in north central Montana, I can t...

  • Federal Court Arraignments For December 13

    U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana|Dec 13, 2023

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned or appeared this week before U.S. Magistrate judges on indictments handed down by the Grand Jury or on criminal complaints. The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt: Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Dec. 5 was: Daniel Mark Miller, 60, of Tucson, Arizona, on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to d...

  • Moving to the Rugged West

    Parker Heinlein, Outdoors Columnist|Dec 13, 2023

    Every time I visit Bozeman I’m reminded of why I left. At the time I blamed the opening of a store specializing in nothing but batteries as the final straw. That was nearly 20 years ago. Bozeman has grown by leaps and bounds since then. There are probably a couple of battery stores in town now. Malta, on the other hand, where Barb and I moved, has seen a decline in population, as has much of rural Montana. Newcomers, it seems, may talk about moving to the rugged West, but most of them actually w...

  • Judy Bridgewater Henry

    Dec 13, 2023

    The entire Henry family was filled with shock and sorrow when Judy Bridgewater Henry, 75 years old, wife of Steven Henry of Laurel, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 29, of complications of Alzheimer's and cancer. Memorial services were December 4 in Laurel. All seven of Steve's siblings, Karen of Virginia, Roger of Indiana, Art of North Dakota, Bill of Havre, Cheryl of Laurel, Linda of East Helena and Teresa of Choteau, as well as Steve's mother, Eldora Henry were able to attend. Judy's two daughters and their husbands of... Full story

  • Phillips County Museum News for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Rose Teske, P. C. Museum Curator|Dec 13, 2023

    Did you know there was a commercial fishing industry in Phillips County at one time? In 1922, the McNeil brothers, Hinsdale area sheep ranchers, seined and shipped 120,000 lbs. of live carp caught in Nelson Reservoir to Jewish markets in New York City. The fish were transported to Bowdoin in 25 to 100 lb. boxes and put on the train to arrive alive at their destination. In November 1922, the State Fish and Game Commission in Helena authorized the McNeils to sein and remove carp and other non-game fish from Nelson and also, the Milk River...

  • 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 ...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Dec 13, 2023

    December 6: December hits like a whirlwind with activities each day, sometimes two! I went shopping for groceries and then had lunch with a friend, Rita Frasure, on Saturday! I am not driving right now very much because I’m having some trouble with my left eye. I’ve had two appointments and now am waiting for a specialist appointment. Steve Schuemaker was out for church on Sunday. He will be coming out on the first Sunday of the month for a few months to hold services at the Loring Lutheran Chu...

  • Briefly for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Dec 13, 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. Knitting and Crochet Club The Knitting & Crochet Club will meet in the downstairs conference room of the P. C. Library from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. Lunch at River’s Bend Mon. a...

  • Death Notice

    Dec 13, 2023

    The family of Jeani Henderson announced her passing on Monday, December 11, 2023. A complete obituary will follow next week.... Full story

  • Memories for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Compiled by Kari Hould|Dec 13, 2023

    1 yrs Dec. 11, 2013 Sapphire Avenue in Hillcrest took on a new look as the Eric Wilke family adorned their yard with decorations and lights that danced to music broadcast over an FM radio signal. The Geography Bee netted five contestants as finalists for each of the fourth and fifth grades. The fourth graders were Kyle Johannesen, Gavin Benge, Kevin Missildine, Oren Mackey and Austin Bunk. The fifth graders selected were Turk Salsbery, Marcus Knudsen, Pierce Mortenson, Peyton Jones and Korin Longknife. Nellie Ereaux won the award for the most...

  • Classifieds for Wednesday, December 13 , 2023

    Dec 13, 2023

    Valley View Home Ward Clerk Valley View Home is searching for a new full time Ward Clerk. The Ward Clerk diligently works with nursing and social services to meet our residents needs. Starting wage DOE and is very competitive. Please apply, if interested, to: Valley View Home 1225 Perry Lane Glasgow, MT 59230 406/228-2461 ----------------------- Glasgow Courier NEWSPAPER REPORTER The Glasgow Courier, a weekly newspaper in Glasgow, Mont., is seeking a community-focused reporter interested in government, feature and general news writing to become...

  • Legals for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Dec 13, 2023

    SECTION 00100 INVITATION TO BID Separate sealed bids for construction of the Phase 1 Saco Wastewater Improvements will be received by the Town of Saco at 110 Nelson Street, Saco MT 59261, until 2 pm local time on December 20, 2023, and then publicly opened and read aloud. The project consists of the Installation of about 800 feet of new 8-inch PVC sewer main, new submersible sewer lift station and wet well, abandonment of the existing lift station wet well and dry well, influent splitter structure improvements, and sludge removal and disposal....

  • MMS Wrestling Goes To Wolf Point, Sidney

    Steve French, For the PCN|Dec 13, 2023

    The Malta Middle School Wrestling team competed at Wolf Point on Thursday, Dec 7 and at Sidney on Saturday, Dec 9. Teams competing at Wolf Point were Circle, Glasgow, Malta, Poplar, Sidney and Wolf Point. The same teams competed at Sidney with Baker, Glendive, Miles City, Watford City, ND and Williston, ND added to the mix. Four wrestlers competed at Wolf Point and not Sidney. Trevor Knowles was 1-1 with the same opponent from Glasgow. Colby Wright was 2-0 and received the Quick Pin Award with a :07 pin. Amus Blunt and Jettlynn Malmend were...

  • Mustangs Basketball 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The Malta Mustangs picked up a pair of wins to start the season in the Shelby Classic this past weekend. Malta defeated Belt 65-60 in their season opener last Friday, December 8, and then defeated Three Forks 63-48 last Saturday, December 9. This year's team welcomes back plenty of talent from last year's campaign which ended in the 2023 State B Championship game, a game that Malta lost 65-55 to Loyola-Sacred Heart. The Mustangs are without All-State guard Jared Eggebrecht, who graduated last...

  • Mavericks Basketball 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The North Country Maverick boys basketball team welcomes back a majority of their talent from last season, but has a total of eight in their 2023-24 campaign. Despite their low numbers, the Mavericks showed the ability to not only win, but post a dominant win as they defeated the Highwood Mountaineers 64-34 at the Lewistown Showcase on Thursday, December 7. They fell 64-55 to the Centerville Miners on Friday, December 8. Leading the charge for the Mavs is Blaine Downing, who was the team's lone...

  • Coyote Basketball 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The Dodson Coyotes basketball team features a new-look despite returning a few starters from their 2022-23 campaign. The team welcomes back Head Coach Clayton KillEagle, who stepped in for the team mid-season and a new assistant coach, Christina Jaynes, a 2020 Dodson High School graduate. The team is without Mikey Jaynes, who graduated last spring. Jaynes was Dodson's lone All-Conference player last season. Returning starters include the team's lone senior, Sebastian Best, who stands at 6-1....

  • M-ette Basketball 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The Malta M-ettes basketball team has some big shoes to fill this season as they graduated a productive senior class in 2023. The team will be without graduated seniors Addy Anderson, Allison Kunze, Brylee French, and Maddie Williamson. Malta does welcome back a few returning faces including their lone returning starter Denvyr Tuss, a sophomore who played in the post. "As our lone returning starter she will be counted on for a lot of defense and rebounding as well as offensively," Coach Hammond...

  • Lady Mavericks Basketball 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The North Country Mavericks were the 2023 State C Girls Basketball Champions and the team is off to a 4-0 start in their 2023-24 campaign. The team added their latest wins this past weekend at the Lewistown Showcase where they defeated Twin Bridges 53-41 in a rematch of the state championship last Thursday, December 7, and Winifred/Roy 51-32 on Friday, December 8. The team lost some experience with the graduation of Kora LaBrie, Mattea McColly, Cienna Strommen, and Sammie Wisher. They welcome...

  • Lady Coyotes Basketball 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The Lady Coyotes welcome several new faces this season including four transfer students from Harlem. Dodson also has retained several athletes from last year including their lone All State selection, senior Kataya KillEagle. They will be without Lindsey Fetter who graduated last spring. The team welcomes back Head Coach Clayton KillEagle and a new Assistant Coach, Christina Jaynes, who was an All-Conference player in a majority of her years as a Lady Coyote. K. KillEagle set the career scoring m...

  • Malta Mustang Wrestling 2023-24

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Dec 13, 2023

    The Malta Wrestling Team has started the season and has a good amount of grapplers in their 2023-24 campaign; totaling 18. The team welcomes back Head Coach Jake French. He welcomes back assistant coach Shawn Gilkerson (MHS 22 graduate), and new assistant coaches Tyler French (MHS 06 graduate) and Carolyn French, as well as Nolan Simanton (MHS 04 graduate). "Tyler is a Division 1 wrestler, he made the NCAA tournament before, wrestling for the Air Force Academy," Coach J. French said. "It's nice...