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  • 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....

  • Snellman Joins Bank of Bridger, N.A.'s Board of Directors

    Jul 19, 2023

    Bank of Malta is pleased to announce that Julie Snellman has joined our team as a Board Member for Bank of Bridger, N.A. Julie was born and raised in Malta and graduated from Malta High School. Julie attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman earning a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design. While in Bozeman, Julie started her first small business. She then moved to Whitehall, MT where she expanded her business while being active in Rotary International along with The Whitehall...

  • Business Profile: KMMR - A Caring Community

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|May 17, 2023

    “The best sound around, KMMR,” and the only sounds locally on the air waves, KMMR is more than your average radio station. The station is the voice of Phillips County, stretching across the northeastern prairies and bouncing off gopher holes, fence posts, and an occasional large lava rock…wherever the wind and currents takes the waves. Many know the owner, Greg Kielb, and his lovely (and some say patient and resilient) wife, Claude, for their work at making the most out of a day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and occasionally longer. Many more know...

  • Cebulski Takes on Additional Duties at IB

    Apr 19, 2023

    Independence Bank recently promoted Jessie Cebulski to the position of Operations Supervisor/Account Relations Back-Office Support. In this new role, Jessie will utilize her skills and experience to support our bank-wide Account Relations team. Cebulski came to the IB Malta Branch in 2013 as a teller and then transitioned into the role of Account Relations Specialist in 2014. Three years later, she was promoted to an Officer and Operations Supervisor, supporting the Malta Branch staff, and...

  • Raw and Real: Montana Ranch Families Share Succession Stories

    Haylie Shipp, RSA Communications & Outreach|Feb 15, 2023

    It’s emotional. It’s financial. It’s pivotal. And it often gets put on the back burner. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms and ranches account for 97% of the 2.1 million total in the U.S. Yet only 30% of these survive into the second generation. Only 12% are still operating by the third. What’s more, some 69% of the family farms surveyed expected ownership to continue into the next generation, but only 23% had a plan. Where is the disconnect? Reluctance to get...

  • New Faces in New Places: Welcome Parker Rapp

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Jan 25, 2023

    Phillips County has a new Deputy Juvenile Probation Officer for the 17th District Court. We extend a warm Montana welcome to Parker Rapp, who started work here in Malta in the middle of November. Parker was born and raised in Augusta, Montana, his Mom and grandparents live outside of Fairfield, and a younger brother lives around Kalispell. His early life experiences include ranch work around the Augusta area and Havre areas. He attended MSU-Northern where he received a degree in criminology and...

  • BLM Names Kirsten Kaiser to Lead North Central Montana District

    Jan 25, 2023

    Staff and leaders welcomed Kirsten Kaiser as the new district manager of the Bureau of Land Management's North Central Montana District, on Jan. 17. Kaiser previously served as the Three Rivers District Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, Kootenai National Forest, a position she held since 2012. Her 30-plus-year federal career began in a variety of student trainee and seasonal positions with both the BLM and Forest Service. She went on to assignments and positions of increasing complexity and...

  • Malta Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Coffee Shops

    Oct 5, 2022

  • Dodson's Crasco, REAL Montana Class V, takes part in inaugural seminar September 15-17

    Sep 28, 2022

    Dodson resident David Crasco just returned from Bozeman as part of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership). For Crasco and other members of REAL Montana Class V, this was the first of ten seminars in their two-year educational program. While in Bozeman, the class completed personality assessments, participated in a high ropes course, and received training on networking and building relationships. Class members participated in the first module in a series focused on...

  • New Faces in New Places: Joshua Belanger

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Aug 24, 2022

    Joshua Belanger is one of the faces you want to only meet socially, not on a business level. As an import to both Montana and Malta, he hails from Warrensburg, MO. Meet Josh, the new funeral director at Wilderness Funeral Home. His previous experience was that of a diesel mechanic, then a corrections officer in Great Falls. Take a side step and apply for a job as a mortuary assistant and end up in Malta, MT., after schooling In a business that is one that requires a special level of compassion...

  • Coffee Central Opens its Door!

    Pierre Bibbs, Publisher|Aug 24, 2022

    Last Saturday, August 20, roughly 400 customers stepped into the northeast door of the Villa Theatre building to welcome Coffee Central, Malta's newest coffee shop to the community for its grand opening. "It was crazy," said Coffee Central owner Kelsie Harms. "If Tessa (Handley, her sister-in-law) wasn't here to help me, I would have been crying in the corner. She ran the till, I ran the coffee, and it was great!" Harms, the daughter of Mark and Donna Handley, and wife of Noah Harms, is a 2011...

  • NEW FACES IN NEW PLACES: Mellissa Sandvick

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Aug 3, 2022

    The VFW Club welcomes a new manager, though not a new face in the community. Mellissa Sandvick most recently greeted customers at Albertsons and now she manages the Club, being recently hired when Carolyn Schmoeckel resigned her duties in April. Born in Phillips County, she is a 1994 graduate of Dodson; she has lived in various towns around Montana. Locally, at one time or another, she has worked at the Long X, Hitching Post and the GN. Her previous employment around the state includes managing...

  • PhillCo Working with Locals to Build Marketing Videos

    Pam Smith Wolsey, PhillCo Economic Growth Council|Aug 3, 2022

    PhillCo Economic Growth Council is pleased to announce they are working with community members to develop two short marketing videos highlighting Malta and Phillips County. Funding for this project came from a ReImagining Rural mini-grant thru the Montana Community Foundation and a Western States Community Assessment Network (WeCAN) mini-grant. Video focus will be Community Assets showcasing what Malta and Phillips County has to offer for potential residents considering living here as well as businesses and investors considering locating here....

  • The PC News Welcomes a Familiar Face to the Team

    Kari Hould, PCN Staff|Jul 27, 2022

    It might have been an English class with Mr. Dale Edmister that sparked an interest in writing (and that was in high school and a long time ago), yet it brought a local to the office of the Phillips County News. A graduate of Malta High School, Kari (Green) Hould was welcomed and hit the ground running last week as the latest addition to the PCN Staff. "We are thrilled to add Kari to the staff here at the PCN," PCN Publisher Pierre Bibbs said. "Mrs. Hould has worked with the PCN for a long time...

  • Malta Chamber Welcomes Milk River Mocha, Edgewater Inn

    Jul 27, 2022

  • Milk River Mocha has New Owners and is Open for Business

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Jun 29, 2022

    For all of those that have missed their drive-thru fix of caffeine on the west side of town at the corner of Hwy 2 and 191 North, the wait is over! New owners of Milk River Mocha, Matt and Shaelin Roberts, and Risa Crismore put out the open sign on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. and got their first taste of running a coffee shop. The three new owners originally come from the Libby, Montana area. Shaelin and Risa are sisters, and are also the children of the new owners of the Edgewater Inn, Challis...

  • Chase is a new face at Phillips County Hospital and Family Health Clinic

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|May 25, 2022

    Michigan native, Karen Chase, is a new Family Nurse Practitioner at the PCHC. Karen grew up in Alma, Michigan. She completed her education at the University of Michigan for both her graduate, and bachelor's degrees. She has been married to her husband for 34 years and has two sons, ages 30 and 34. They are both currently in the Air Force, one stationed in California and the other in South Korea. Karen and her husband enjoy competition shooting. Both 22 cal., and long-range. She enjoys reading,...

  • PCHC welcomes Streeter to the team

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|May 11, 2022

    Morgan Streeter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that provides mental and behavioral health services to the community. She grew up in Ryegate, Montana, before going to college at Montana State University – Billings where she got her bachelor's in Human Services. She then went on to get her Master's degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University. Previously, she worked for Youth Dynamics Inc. in Malta, before taking the position at the hospital. "I really enjoy Malta," said Streeter. "...

  • Pekovitch joins O'Brien and Amestoy

    May 4, 2022

    Dan O'Brien and Edward Amestoy are pleased to announce that Lee Ann Pekovitch has joined their law firm as an associate attorney. Lee Ann was born and raised in Malta, MT. Lee Ann received her undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Criminal justice,along with her Master's degree in Criminology at Minot State University. Following her education, Lee Ann worked in law enforcement in Montana, spending the last four years as a detective with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office. Lee Ann...

  • New Family Nurse Practitioner at PC Hospital and Clinic

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Apr 27, 2022

    Bill Harvey is a new face at the Phillips County Hospital and Clinic as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Harvey grew up in Louisiana, just north of New Orleans, but always had a desire to live in Montana. "My stepdad always talked about Montana," said Harvey. "As a young kid, we would come up here to hunt and fish." Bill and his wife Laurie live in Gildford, MT. Laurie is a nurse at Rocky Boy Health Center and is currently going to school to be a Nurse Practitioner for mental health. The couple has...

  • Edgewater Inn Welcomes New Owners

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Mar 2, 2022

    The new owners of the Edgewater Inn & RV Park are Challis and Laura Crismore. The couple took over on February 10, to start running things before the official closing was taken care of on February 18. They moved to Malta from Libby, MT. Laura was working as a quality risk manager and corporate compliance officer at the hospital. Challis was a line crew foreman for Flathead Electric Cooperative, Inc. "We gave it all up," Laura said with a laugh. "This was something we wanted to do when we...

  • New Face at the MSU Extension Office for Phillips County

    Mark Foss, PCN Staff|Mar 2, 2022

    There is a new face in the position of Administrative Support and 4-H Assistant at the MSU Extension Office for Phillips County. Randee Shannon started at the Extension Office in August and just finished her six-month review. Shannon grew up in Terry, MT. A small town on Interstate 94, between Miles City and Glendive, with her parents and a younger brother. She went to school in Terry, graduating in 2014. After high school, she took some college classes in Miles City. In the six years before...

  • Chamber Welcomes Montana Roots

    Feb 23, 2022


    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...

  • Villa Theatre gives updates after first showings

    KariRae, For the PCN|Jan 19, 2022

    We sincerely appreciate all the community support. Our holiday movie events were very successful and drew crowds of around 100-200 in attendance. We appreciate The First State Bank of Malta for sponsoring Polar Express and donating water bottles. We were happy to host Malta Elementary School's winter break kickoff on 12/22. They rented out the Villa and we popped the corn and served up pop for the 235 participants. We sponsored the free movie 'Elf' on Christmas Eve- which might become an annual tradition. We just finished the final Spider-Man...

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