Read about: Mail Ballot General Election Rejected by Hill County Commissioners ~ Regenerative Soil Practices Found in the Agrarian Food Web ~ Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Rake Effect On All FWP Properties in Hill And Roosevelt Counties ~ Who CARES about the Census? Montana! ~ St. Mary’s Project Moving Ahead ~ FWP Seeks Public Comment on Ice Fishing Contests ~ Special youth Hunting Opportunities in Montana ~ Applications for USDA Organic Certification Due Oct. 31 ~ North Central Montana Company Ramps Up to Meet Mask Demand ~ Hunter Education Programs ~ MREA Summer Series Focuses on Renewable Energy ~ Governor bullock Announces Live Entertainment Grant ~ USDA to Invest up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

Our regular features: Ranching for Profit – Want To Keep It? Then Build It To Sell It. ~ Joyce Meyer – Your Pain Has a Purpose ~ Things to Know ~ Classifieds.

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Mail Ballot General Election Rejected by Hill County Commissioners

Last week, the Hill County Commissioners voted 2-1 against holding a mail-in ballot election for the 2020 general election. Diane McLean and Mark Peterson voted against the proposal; Mike Wendland was in favor of the proposal. Peterson said that response from citizens in his district determined his vote, although he personally supported the measure. Deputy Election Administrator Kaci Hipple said, “In talking with voters, I have found that a lot of concerns come from inaccurate information, especially comments and posts from social media accounts from people that don’t understand Montana election law.” Three members from the public appeared who were all against mail-in voting; however, two individuals did admit to being open to the proposal, but changed their position to being against it after hearing from the Election Administrators.

Voters who are registered as absentee can expect ballots to be mailed out on October 9, and the Clerk and Recorders Office will be open for Early Voting beginning on October 2. Election Administrators report Hill County to have around 8,700 registered voters including active and provisional voters. Around 5,200 have already registered to receive an absentee ballot for the upcoming election.

Regenerative Soil Practices Found in the Agrarian Food Web

Soil health may come second only to water for ag producers, but knowledge about the relationship between healthy soils and healthy food is not mainstream…yet. Patti Armbrister of Agrarian Food Web, LLC (AFW) in Hinsdale hopes to change that.

Regenerative soil health practices may sound new-fangled, fancy, or even far out to some. However, there is a range of techniques that farmers, ranchers, and gardeners can implement in either small steps or large leaps to achieve their long-term goals.

What does regenerative soil health look like in Montana? Armbrister is happy to share what she knows from her experience working with sustainable farming and gardening practices since 2007. Agrarian Food Web Consulting is a three-year-old company that provides coaching to help producers, farmers, ranchers, and gardeners adopt new practices that are resilient and regenerative. AFW has provided assistance with the construction and maintenance of sophisticated passive solar greenhouses, planning and implementing pasture rotation techniques to improve soil and plant diversity, and developed regenerative soil practices onsite at a large number of highly successful farms, ranches, and home gardens across the state.

Armbrister has trained directly with Dr. Elaine Ingham here in the U.S., as well as studying the work of Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils in New Zealand. She has also had experience as an educator and with the Farm-to-Schools Program in Montana schools.

AFW offers garden tours locally in Hinsdale and can work with local communities and groups to present workshops to educate and promote awareness of regenerative soil practices. Some of the support AFW can provide includes assistance in designing and erecting greenhouses, educational services to individuals and groups small or large, and planning and implementing sustainable soil practices with livestock and crops. Armbrister also works with local schools to bring workshops to area youth. To discuss any of these projects, Patti Armbrister may be reached at 648-7400.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Take Effect On All FWP Properties In Hill And Roosevelt Counties

In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) will be under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill and Roosevelt counties beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning, Aug. 14, 2020. The restrictions will be in effect until further notice.

FWP followed the lead of Hill and Roosevelt county officials who announced this week that they are entering Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. These restrictions ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials. People still may cook on an LP gas or propane stove that can be turned on and off.

Per FWP policy, NO fires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS or WMA in the above-named counties. Campfires, normally allowed, are prohibited at the following sites:

-Bear Paw FAS, Hill County
-Bailey Reservoir FAS, Hill County
-Fresno Tail water FAS, Hill County
Open fires are already prohibited year-round at Lost River and

Rookery WMAs in Hill County, and Lewis and Clark FAS (Bridge Park) in Roosevelt County.

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov, and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”

-FWP-

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Things to Know: Free postings for Non-Profit Community Events

Aug 3-Sept 3: Bearly Square Quilting in Havre 5-week mystery quilt project starts August 3rd. You can order either an embroidery or quilting kit. Visit the Bearly Square Quilting Facebook page, call (265-4424), or stop by the shop to reserve your “Love Notes” mystery quilt kit today.

Aug 20: 3 p.m. Montana Beef to School Coalition Meeting will take place on-line. This event is hosted by Montana Farm to School. To register for the online event and receive an digital invitation, check out the Montana Beef to School Coalition Meeting Events page on Facebook.

Aug 25: EMT Certification Courses. Contact Rhei Tharp, EMS Coordinator, at 301-1201 for information and to sign up. Thank you for becoming a lifesaver!

Aug 26: 5:30 p.m.: Great Northern Development Corp is hosting the online The Minnow Tank Business Plan Development event for entrepreneurs planning on submitting a business plan for Minnow Tank. Class topics will include business plan basics, marketing and other information. To register, go to https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4688

Aug 29: RCAN Finals Qualifier Ranch Rodeo Scramble. 2 pm check in at Roy. Visit the RCAN Facebook page for information.

Aug 29 & 30: CANCELLED ~ CANCELLED. Growing a Healthy Future- Soil Health Workshop with Nicole Masters. Tin Cup, Malta Montana. 9-5pm.
Contact Patti Armbrister for more information 648-7400

Aug 31: Deadline for submission to nominate one (1) three-year Board Member to serve on the General Montana Medical Center Governing Board of Directors. For questions, contact Corry Arntzen at 406-366-0511 or corb_01@hotmail.com. The nomination form is also available at https://www.cmmc.health/ about/board-of-directors/

Sept 4-6: Saco Fun Days 57th Annual Event to Celebrate Our Rural Way of Life. Check out the Saco Fun Days 2020 Events page on Facebook or send a message to the Saco Chamber of Commerce through their Facebook page for more information.

Sept 6: Malta, MT – Milk River Hustle-N-Malta men/women team barrel races, and WYLDMAN rodeo. More details to come.

Sept 5-7: Hi-Line Drag Strip has events. Call Dan Stout for more information at 949-6511.

Sept 8: 5 p.m.: Public Comment period will CLOSE for grant applications for Snowmobile Trail Grooming funds for the 2020-2021 winter season. To comment online visit: stateparks.mt.gov and click on “Public Notices” or by email at snowmobilegrants@mt.gov. Comments may be sent by mail to Montana State Parks, Snowmobile Program, 1420 East 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.For more information about the Montana Snowmobile Program contact Seth McArthur, Montana Snowmobile Program Manager at 406-444-3753.

Oct 3: At 6 am Milk River Brew and Q with a Fun Run at Milk River Pavilion in Malta. See the Trafton Park Arena Committee Event Page on Facebook for information.

Oct 30: Tues. 8:30 a.m.: Rise and Restore Small Business Summit at Sidney. Registration available at bit.ly/riserestore with “Early Bird” registration for only $35 before October 1st. Need more details? Visit the Rise and Restore Small Business Summit Event Page on Facebook.

Through August 21st: ABC Clinic & Great Falls Safety Fest are FREE and open to anyone who wants to attend. Use this link to register for the Great Falls ABC Clinic: https://dlierdsafety.regfox.com/safetyfestmt-great-falls-virtual

Attention, Songwriters! August marks the end of the KNMC Quarantunes Challenge for 2020. Best submission to the August songwriting challenge will receive a custom leather guitar strap handmade by Isaak Opatz. Submit your original song to KNMC by August 31st to enter the contest! Visit the KNMC 90.1 College Radio and Havre Area Events pages on Facebook for more information. Good Luck!

New Rural Grant Opportunity Applications now available for a new round of nationwide relief for small businesses in rural communities. The application window closes quickly. To learn more, visit https://lisc.org/covid-19/small- business-assitance/small-business-relief-grants/lowes/ or visit the Great Northern Development Facebook page.

Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO

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Want To Keep It? Then Build It To Sell It

Stan Parsons wrote, “If you want to be a cowboy get a job.” A business owner’s job isn’t to put up hay, work cattle, or build fence. It is to build a business.

We hire employees to produce results that contribute to customer and owner value. When business owners hire themselves to work in their own businesses, it’s different. You might think that by hiring yourself you’ll save money, but owners should be paying themselves whatever it would cost to replace themselves. Like their employees, business owners should be fairly compensated for the results they produce, but they need to produce different results than their employees.

Rather than focusing on customer and owner value, business owners must focus on documenting how the business produces customer and owner value. They need to create systems through which others can produce those results consistently.

In the E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber explains that the true product of a business is the business itself and that the primary purpose of creating a business is to sell it!

At first you might think these principles don’t apply to ranching. I doubt that when the next generation assumes ownership of the family ranch, it’s with the intention of selling out. But if your ranch is a business, Gerber’s principles do apply.

Imagine you have a truck that you’re going to sell. Before you put a “For Sale” sign in the window you’ll probably tune it up and wash it. You might even get it looking so good and running so well that you have second thoughts about selling it.

Gerber isn’t insisting that you sell your business. He is suggesting that you treat your business like that truck, tuning up it up so that it runs so well that you could sell it. But, because it runs so well, you decide to keep it.

Most ranches are not sold as businesses. They are sold as collections of very expensive assets. A business is more than the hard assets it owns. A business includes the systems through which those assets are used to produce customer and owner value, including cash flow and sustainable profit. It is the owner who is responsible for creating those systems.

Those systems might be step-by-step procedures for working cattle at branding, sending out a client newsletter, or holding WOTB meetings. The system could also be a simple checklist for making operational level decisions (e.g. When do we move the herd to another paddock? What are the selection criteria we use for bulls?).

Want to keep the business in the family, generation after generation? Then build it as though you were going to sell it!

-Dave Pratt

Who CARES About The Census? Montana!

In a recent series of webinars offered by the Montana Association of Counties (MACo), Montana leaders have been informed how CARES Act funding is related to the discrepancy in healthcare and other vital infrastructure that sometimes seems to be lacking in parts of the Treasure State.

MACo is assisting with efforts to disperse CARES Act funding to local municipalities and tribal governments who need a boost to get everyone on board with completing the 2020 Census. CARES money can be used to facilitate completion of the 2020 Census for Montanans in areas where census counts are still considerably low.

As of last week, Montana’s response rate was just over 50%. With less than six weeks left for households to do the Census, MACo has been working with Census staff, counties, tribes, and local municipalities to call for an “all hands on deck” campaign to support Montanans in completing the Census. According to MACo staff, there are mailer projects and hot-spot kiosk teams that will be available for communities to step up and respond to this last-minute effort to reach 100% response rate for the state of Montana.

For information on how to get involved or receive assistance with organizing mailer projects and other efforts in your community, please contact Zach Brown at 406-579-5697 or zachary.brown@hotmail. com. Archived Town Hall Meetings from MACo are available online at https://www.mtcounties.org/virtual-townhalls/ that include a wide variety of civic-related content to help support Montana counties

St. Mary’s Project Moving Ahead

It’s been 13 weeks since the failure of one of the drop structures along the St. Mary Canal, and update on the progress of repair projects for Drop 2 and Drop 5 look optimistic. Jennifer Patrick, Project Manager for the Milk River Irrigation Project Joint Board of Control explained that the work to Drop 2 looks good so far, in part due to a concrete strength test that passed in under half of the projected time for strength tests, and the other Drop 5 pours are expected to have similar outcomes. With the concrete being cured at this rate, there is a chance that completion of the project can be sooner than first anticipated. Patrick insists, that she remains “confident in the engineering team and contractor–if there is an opportunity to expedite things, they will make it happen.”

BONUS MATERIAL: Click the following Video links that show progress for both parts of the project.

Drop 2 Construction Update- https://youtu.be/Uoh1xPGEETU

Drop 5 Construction Update – https://youtu.be/2iy_-GIsD4A

FWP Seeks Public Comment On Ice Fishing Contests

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2020-2021 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for fishing contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, and/or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Sept. 14, 2020.

Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to fwpfsh@mt.gov.

Special Youth Hunting Opportunities in Montana

Apprentice Hunter Program
This opportunity allows an individual 10 years of age or older to obtain a certificate and purchase some general licenses to hunt without completion of hunter education for two years. The apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a mentor at least 21 years of age and follow the apprentice hunter rules. Apprentice hunters cannot apply for limited permit or license drawings or purchase or apply for bighorn sheep, mountain lion, black bear or wolf licenses.

Youth Rule
State law allows resident and nonresident youngsters who will reach 12 years of age by January 16, 2020, to hunt any game species with a valid license during an open season after August 15, 2019. They must first, however, successfully complete an approved hunter education course.

Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Weekend
Montana’s young hunters will have a special treat the weekend of the youth waterfowl and pheasant special seasons, September 21- 22, 2019. Licensed hunters, 15 and under, will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and pheasants statewide on these 2 days.

The 2-day youth hunt is open to: legally licensed 12-15 year olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age; and properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of age who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult “mentor” at least 21 years of age.

All regulations apply. The Canyon Ferry WMA is an exception— only to the youth waterfowl season shooting hours—they will be one- half hour before sunrise to noon.

Youth Deer Only Hunt at Fall Break
A youth hunt for deer limited to youngsters between the ages of 12–15 was approved for October 17-18, 2019. These dates coincide with Montana’s annual 2-day teachers’ convention, which are no-school days for most public school students.

The 2-day youth hunt is open to: legally licensed 12-15 year olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age; and properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of age who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult “mentor” at least 21 years of age.

This hunt is for deer only. All regulations apply. Elk hunting is prohibited.

-FWP

School State Dates Across Our Reading Area

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Blaine County
Chinook Public Schools - August 26th
Harlem Public Schools - TBD - Board meeting August 18 
Hays-Lodgepole - August 17th
Turner Public Schools - August 19th
Zurich School - August 19th

Chouteau County
Big Sandy Public Schools - August 19th 
Fort Benton Public Schools - August 25th

Hill County
Box Elder Schools - August 24th- Beginning as online only 
Havre Public Schools - August 26th
North Star Schools - August 19th
Rocky Boy Public Schools - August 26th - Beginning as online only

Liberty County
Chester-Joplin-Inverness - August 26th

Phillips County
Dodson School - School start delayed decision to be made Sept 2nd Malta Public Schools - August 26th
Saco School District - August 26th
Whitewater Schools - August 17th

Valley County
Hinsdale Public School - August 19th

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Real Estate Section

Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

Your Pain Has a Purpose

Have you ever been hurt by someone? Have you been used, lied about, abused, cheated or deceived? Have you ever done a lot for someone and then, when you needed them, they didn’t have any time for you?

Everyone experiences mistreatment of some kind, and forgiveness is not easy. But I’ve learned through personal experience that if you refuse to forgive, you are in for a miserable life!

For many years I hated my dad because he sexually abused me throughout my childhood. But all that did was make me bitter and hard to get along with. It didn’t change him, and it it certainly didn’t do me any good.

When they were in their old age, God spoke to my heart and told me He wanted me to move them close to where my husband, Dave, and I lived and take care of them until they died. At first, I resisted this idea because there was nothing in me that wanted to see them, much less spend money on them and meet their needs.

I told Dave what I was thinking, and he said if God was telling me to do this, we should do it. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but he was right, so we moved them into a house near us and took care of them until they died.

It wasn’t easy…but I can honestly say now that it is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. God honored my obedience and gave me the grace to do the right thing, and before he passed away, my dad asked me to forgive him and he accepted Christ as his Savior.

The reward of forgiveness far outweighed the pain I had gone through for so many years!

Forgiveness and the Favor of God
The story of Joseph in Genesis chapters 37-50 is also an amazing example of what God can do in our lives when we choose to forgive. When he was 17 years old, his 11 brothers sold him to slave traders because they were jealous of him and hated him.

Joseph was taken to Egypt and bought by Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard. God gave him favor and Potiphar made Joseph overseer of his whole household (Genesis 39:5). But when Potiphar’s wife became angry because Joseph wouldn’t go to bed with her, she lied, claiming he had tried to rape her, and Joseph was thrown in prison.

Genesis 39:21 (NIV) says, “The Lord was with [Joseph]; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” Joseph was put in charge of all the prisoners because the Lord was with him and gave him success in whatever he did!

Eventually, God gave Joseph favor with Pharaoh, and he was promoted to a position second in command to Pharaoh only, ruling over the land of Egypt. Several years later, his brothers came to Egypt for food because of a terrible famine, and this was his chance to take revenge on them. But Joseph wasn’t at all interested in vengeance.

When he revealed his identity to his brothers and saw that they were afraid he would harm them, Joseph told them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Gen. 50:20 NIV).

God’s Purpose for Your Pain
Joseph is a powerful example of how we can mature in our faith and character when we go through hard times. He chose to maintain his integrity with God no matter what it cost him personally, and the reward was far greater than the pain he had endured. As a result, he was able to fulfill God’s plan for his life and help many people who would have died from famine.

God has a plan and a purpose for your life, too! No matter how badly you’ve been hurt, I want to encourage you to trust God’s love for you and His ability to bring healing to your soul. Refuse to live an angry, bitter life because of the way someone has mistreated you, and instead, pray for them and love them, doing good to them as you have an opportunity to do so (Matt. 5:43-45).

Let God use your pain to develop the fruit of the Spirit in your soul (Galatians 5:22-23) and make you everything He has created you to be. As you do, others will see the love and goodness of God through your life and be drawn to Him!

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For more on this topic, order Joyce’s four-teaching CD series Pursuing What Matters Most. You can also contact us to receive our free magazine, Enjoying Everyday Life, by calling (800) 727-9673 or visiting www.joycemeyer.org.

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Unshakeable Trust: Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org Please note: The views and opinions expressed throughout this publication and/or website are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Applications for USDA Organic Certification Due October 31

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced applications for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020, are due Oct. 31, 2020.

FSA Administrator Richard Foryce advises interested parties to “[c]ontact your local FSA county office to learn more about this program and other valuable USDA resources, like farm loans and conservation assistance that can help you succeed.”

State agencies can also apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal 2020, and agreements may be eligible for extensions to include additional funds. FSA will accept applications from state agencies between August 10, 2020, through September 9, 2020.

To learn more about USDA support for agriculture, visit usda.gov/organic.

NorthCentral Montana Company Ramps Up to Meet Mask Demand

Gorden Wichman, the owner of Mid-State Signs in Winifred has successfully transitioned his company to meet the demand of protective face masks by adding a new product line to their business model: custom face masks.

One of the problems many people have with the mask directive is that the masks cover up smiles and make it difficult to identify the wearer. Wichman decided to start making masks with people’s faces printed on them or some kind of personalization to make recognition easier.

Mid-State continues to provide its menu of signage from industrial routing to vehicle wraps, but Wichman expects the masks to be part of the plan for a while. Mid-State has been providing masks for employers who are outfitting their employees with masks. If a company is providing two or three masks for each employee, Mid-State signs can fill orders of 100 or more items. Their website can be found at https://midstatesigns.com/about-us.

Hunter Education Programs

Online Course
NOTICE: To protect public health and reduce overall spread of COVID-19, we have temporarily cancelled all in-person Hunter Education classes.

This course is for Montana residents only.
If you require Hunter Education, please take our, free, online-only course using code MThnDbeHtbWkJf20 at hunter-ed.com/montana. You must be 12 years of age by January 16, 2021, or older to register for this course.

Kalkomey Customer Support
Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight MDT and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT.
Phone: 1-800-830-2268

This course is administered through a third-party contractor. Please direct any program (online) specific questions to the vendor’s customer service department at 1-800-830-2268 (toll-free). If you are already registered for a class and need to review the details or cancel your registration, you can log in to your account to make changes.

MREA Summer Series Focuses on Renewable Energy

The Montana Renewable Energy Association invites all Montanans to join the Thursday series to hear special guests discuss renewable energy options paired with electric vehicles, agriculture, and Montana’s National Parks. Full schedule and registration are available at https://bit.ly/MREASummerSeries. These events will occur each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. through September 1st.

Governor Bullock Announces Live Entertainment Grant

Governor Bullock has announced a grant program for Live Entertainment in Montana that has been severely impacted by COVID-19. To be eligible, applicants must have derived at least 33% of their 2019 revenue from the sale of tickets for live events, and revenue for Q2 (April 1- June 30) 2020 must also not be greater than 10% of 2019’s Q2 (April 1 – June 30) revenue. Examples of tangible visits include, but are not limited to event support software, wedding venues, event rentals, and event planners. For information visit the website https://commerce.mt.gov/Coronavirus-Relief or COVIDRELIEF.MT.GOV.

USDA to Invest up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced in early August a new conservation partnership program. Potential conservation partners are invited to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will award up to $360 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.

Funding is open to private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities, among others.

The NRCS requested public comment on the RCPP Critical Conservation Areas and their associated priority resource concerns as part of a review allowed by the Farm Bill once every five years. The current funding announcement introduces CCA changes that resulted from the review.

Proposals will be accepted through the RCPP portal until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 4th, 2020. A webinar with general information is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on August 27th.

The application and webinar registration can be found at the Regional Conservation Partnership Program page at the following link: https:// www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/ rcpp/?cid=stelprdb1242732.

Classifieds

Wanted:  50′ to 70′ power poles from “old” transmission line from Ft. Peck to Great Falls.  Please call or text to 390-0455.   

FOR SALE: Used oilfield pipe, rods, cable & guard rail. New HDPE pipe. Engineered bridges for pivots, vehicles, walking & ATV. Clips & post caps.  Toll free- 866-683-7299 or 406-453-7299 BIG SKY PIPE AND SUPPLY, Great Falls. Call TODAY and Ask for our free catalog. VISIT US ONLINE http://bigskypipeandsupply.com/html/   

Daily Monday through Friday: Chinook Senior Center has lunch meals available for pick up. $5 for seniors, $6 for others. Cinnamon rolls and other treats available by ordering in advance. Call to find out more or place an order today: 357-2648.

Help Wanted: Vic’s Place in Havre is looking for a server. Stop by Vic’s for information.

FOR SALE: BARGAIN PRICING on 14 to 100 foot Bridges, 8 to 36 inch I Beams, and 12 to 24-inch pipe. Contact Ed toll free- 866-683-7299 or 406-453-7299 BIG SKY PIPE AND SUPPLY, Great Falls. Call TODAY and Ask for our free catalog. VISIT US ONLINE: http://bigskypipeandsupply.com/html/

Help Wanted: There is an opening for an Account Manager with Crystal Stepper- State Farm Agent. Visit the company website for information at https://www.steppersf.com 

Help Wanted: Domino’s Pizza is hiring delvery drivers. There are other positions available, too. Stop by their store at 501 1st Street in Havre to pick up an application or apply online at https://jobs.dominos.com/dominos-careers/

Rudyard Community and Gildford Senior Centers have their menus available on the Rudyard Community Facebook page. Call Rudyard Center (355-4240) or the Gildford Center (376-3170) to schedule meals.

Help Wanted: Harlem Senior Center has immediate openings for a cook and janitor! These are both part-time positions. If interested, please stop by Connie’s office window and she will bring you an application.

For Sale: 1005 John Deer 9760 STS combine, Contour Master, 300 bushel tank, 2820 engine hours, 2030 separator hours.  Call 357-3532 or 399-0130.

“Do what makes your heart feel good and you can’t go wrong.”

For Sale: 1258 Wilson Ave, Havre, 5 bdrm, 2 bath. The main floor consists of 2 large living areas, one living area includes a main floor laundry, kitchen and dining area separates the living areas, plus 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The downstairs consists of a family room that includes a pool table, second kitchen area that includes laundry hook ups, 2 nontraditional bedrooms and a bathroom. Room for a craft/play room. Outside has a 2 stall garage, with a detached shop and RV parking. New carpet though out the upstairs, with new paint. $185,000.  Call Becky at Property West, 406-262-3035.

Help Wanted: The Creamery in Chinook is looking for a new team member in Mid-August. Contact Bonnie at 357-2776, the Creamery Facebook page, or stop by Shores Floral for information and applications.

Help Wanted: The Valley County Conservation District is seeking a full-time coordinator for the Milk River Watershed Alliance. Must have an associate degree or equivalent experience in natural resources, public administration, or related field. More information can be found on the Milk River Watershed Alliance Facebook page or by calling 406-263-5333 or 406-461-1580. Applications and information can also be found at https://milkriverwatershedalliance.com/employment. Applications must be emailed by August 3rd to kcinmt@live.com

Help Wanted: Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana is looking for an Executive Director. Benefits and salary are based on experience and qualifications. For more information, contact Paul Tuss at ptuss@bearpaw.org

Help Wanted: Old Brand Saloon in Saco is looking for an energetic bartender to join their team. Must love tacos. Stop by for an application.

Help Wanted: The Historic Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton is now hiring Servers and Bartenders! Check out The Grand Union Facebook page for information and to apply on-line!

HAY FOR SALE: All varieties round/square bales. Trucking available.  Located in Northeast Montana.  Call 670-6551 or 672-8834 or 794-4452.

Northern Acres Appraisal Service:  Know what it’s worth!  Call or email Ernest Goettlich, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser at 942-0419 or email northeracresapp@gmail.com.

For Sale: Savage 6.5 Creedmoor w/ scope, $401.99. Bergara .300 Win. mag. w/ scope, $688.99. Ruger .41 mag. Blackhawk revolver, new model, single action, new-in-box, $634.99. Call 406-403-1804.      

Help Wanted: Liberty Medical Center is looking for someone to screen at the entrances of the facility. Call Bev Halter for more information and to apply at 759-5181.

Help Wanted: Hi-Line Retirement Center is now accepting applications for a dietary aide. Call 654-1190 to apply.

Help Wanted: HRDC in Havre has several positions available. Check out all their great jobs at https://hrdc4.org/about/careers-opportunities today!

Help Wanted: Harlem High School has several substitute openings for bus drivers, custodians, and teachers. Anyone who applies before August 31st will have their fees for background check and fingerprints paid for by the school. Call 353-2289 to apply. 

Help Wanted: American Garage in Chinook is looking for a goal-oriented individual to be an assistant Service Advisor. Pay starts at $12/hour. For job description and to apply, check out the American Garage LLC Facebook page or call Heather at 357-4201.

Help Wanted: Angel Care in Havre is looking to place caregivers with clients in Blaine, Hill, and Liberty Counties. These positions are flexible and rewarding. Visit their Facebook page to send them a message or apply online.

Wanted: To lease farm ground around Harlem and surrounding area. Call or text 406-698-3707

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