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We made it! 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least, but we’re nearing the end of the calendar and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Christmas Day

By: John P. Read

Across a white December night, Each home is filled with candle light. The moon shines brightly in a golden sky. Stars are twinkling way up high.

The cool, still air, a glistening frost, Smoking chimneys on white rooftops. The Christmas tree, the mistletoe, Christmas carols, our loved ones at home.

Christmas is a time for merriment and cheer. It’s also a time to thank God we’re here.
So when we wake on a bright Christmas morn, Remember the reason we celebrate.
It’s the day our Saviour was born.

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

Dec. 18: @ 6 p.m.: Havre Elks Lodge “Ugly Sweater Bingo” in the Lodge Room with 16 different games. Call Brandy at 390-0091 for information.

Dec. 19: 9:00 a.m. Bear Paw Ski Bowl 60th Anniversary Celebration. Visit the Bear Paw Ski Bowl 60th Anniversary Event page on Facebook for more information.

Jan. 6: @ 12 noon: Attachment Theory with Dr. Finger with CEUs for BBH & OPI. Part of the “Let’s Talk, Montana!” workshop series. For info, call 214-0029 or visit

Havre Beneath the Streets is open their regular winter hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sundays. Call 265-8888 for tickets and information.

Through December: Hill County COVID-19 Virtual Education & Support Group will have a series of webinars starting Monday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit the Hill County Covid19 Virtual Education & Support Group Facebook page to register. Week 2 (Nov. 16): Compassion, Week 3 (Nov 23) Connection & the Holidays, Week 4 (Nov 30) Rest & Relaxation, Week 5 (Dec. 7) Surviving & Thriving, Week 6 (Dec. 14) Making Healthy Choices

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings along the Hi-Line:

Chinook: Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church
Harlem: Wednesdays @ 7:30 p.m. at the Library (will resume meeting at Ft. Belknap at a later date)
Harlem: Fridays @ 7 p.m. at the Library (regular meeting time/place)
Hays: Tuesdays @ 7 p.m. at the Eagle Child Health Center
Malta: Mondays @ 12 noon at the Villa Theatre (rear entrance)
Malta: Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. at the Villa Theatre (rear entrance)
Malta: Thursdays @ 12 noon at the Villa Theatre (rear entrance)
Malta: Saturdays @ 4 p.m. at Nick’s House (139 9th Street Southwest)
Malta: Sundays @ 7 p.m. at the Villa Theatre (rear entrance)
Dodson: Mondays @ 8 p.m. at Ron K’s House
Chester: Thursdays @ 7 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
Box Elder: Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. at the Box Elder Catholic Church
Rocky Boy: Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. at the Upper Box Elder Road Big Blue Building next to White Sky Hope Facility
Glasgow and Havre have meetings every day…
Call the Area 40 HOTLINE anytime for support and meeting information at 1-833-800- 8553 or visit

Montana Army National Guard is looking for YOU! For more information contact SGG Bakken at 406-324-5447. There are several financial incentives for joining the guard, but the rewards of serving our State is far greater.

Wednesdays and Fridays from 12noon-4ish p.m. Granny’s Closet in downtown Harlem is open! More shoes and clothes have been added. Lots of goodies available.

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 relief-grants/lowes/ or visit the Great Northern Development Facebook page.

Blaine County Library at Chinook announces Storytime at the Library! Every Tuesday at 10:30am in the Children’s area at the library. Need more information? Follow the Blaine County Library Facebook page, check out their website at, or call 357-2932. The library is open Mondays 12-7pm Tuesdays 10am-6pm, Wednesdays 12-7pm, Thursdays 10am-6pm, and Fridays noon to 5pm.

Phillips County Library is currently hosting the Carnegie Libraries Carnegie traveling exhibit. Phillips County residents are invited to come learn more about the history of Montana’s 17 Carnegie libraries, which were built across the state at the turn of the 20th century. For more information, call the library at 654-2407 or stop by Mon-Thu (10-12/1- 6) or Fridays (10-12/1-5).

Havre Beneath the Streets is OPEN for business. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Call 265-8888 for tour times and booking reservations.

HRDC in Havre is seeking donations for specific, new (unopened, not used) items for their Victim Services Program. Items include diapers, new packages of socks and undergarments, new baby and children’s clothes, paper products, new women’s clothing, and more. Please visit the website or call 265-6743 for more information. At this time, HRDC cannot accept used donations due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you for your support.

DAVE SAYS: Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, popular national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestsellers – The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace Revisited and More Than Enough. In them, Ramsey exemplifies his life’s work of teaching others how to be financially responsible, so they can acquire enough wealth to take care of loved ones, live prosperously into old age, and give generously to others.

Hope Can’t Be Taken From You

Dear Dave,

I lost my job a few days ago. We had an idea cuts were coming, but I thought it wouldn’t happen until well into the new year. My wife works, so that’s a good thing, and we’re both in our thirties. Do you have any advice for how we should handle things during the Christmas season and until I’m working again?
~ Brandon

I’m really sorry to hear this. Losing your job around the holidays can feel like a nightmare.

But before you despair, remember this is also the season of hope. And hope can’t be taken from you. It can only be surrendered. Keep your head held high, and focus on what’s still in your control.

First, cut back on your spending. When your income changes for the worse, eliminating all unnecessary spending is key. This is not the time to put Christmas on a credit card, or dip into retirement to cover holiday expenses. The last thing you should do right now is steal from your future to buy more stuff. Find some kind of seasonal work. Even if you’re packing boxes or stocking shelves, you’re contributing to your household and easing the stress. This side income will be a real blessing as you continue your career search.

Be open with your family, and what this change means. If there are kids in the picture, you and your wife should be in agreement on how you handle things where they’re concerned. Explain to them in an honest, loving way what has happened, and that Christmas will look a little different this year. A couple of inexpensive gifts may not be out of the question, but as harsh as it sounds, presents are not a priority right now. It may be uncomfortable or disappointing for everyone, but it can also offer a bonding opportunity and a valuable life lesson.

Keep a positive outlook, and stick to your normal routine as much as possible in the days ahead. Wake up early every morning, and make a list of things you will accomplish that day. Update your résumé, start networking, and begin submitting applications like that’s your new job. Work hard, stay hopeful, and focus on the goals ahead of you.

Refuse to give up, Brandon, and you will succeed. May God bless you and your family! —Dave

Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses

Focus on What We Can Control

When the US Air Force Thunderbirds perform a formation roll maneuver the slot pilot is surrounded on all sides in close formation by other aircraft. He maintains his position by intense focus on a point of the aircraft next to him. He can’t be distracted by watching the aircraft behind him. The pilot focuses only on the area they directly control and trusts the fellow pilots to do the same.

It is tempting to let ourselves get distracted with things that concern us, but that we can’t control. Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People describes your circle of concern as being a large circle that encompasses all the things you worry about. Inside of this large circle is a smaller inner circle that Covey calls the circle of influence, which contains things that you have some control over. Covey makes the point that effective people spend their time on their circle of influence and resist the temptation to be sucked into wasted time in the circle of concern.

Today we are constantly inundated with information and noise that are mostly about things outside of our influence. It can consume us and take our most productive and thoughtful time away from us, if we are not deliberate in managing ourselves.

I’m spoiled because I get to spend most of my time with ranchers and farmers who are not normal, and I mean that as a compliment. But sometimes I still interact with other groups of ranchers that tie themselves into knots over weather and market conditions. For these traditional-thinking ranchers, weather and markets are all they want to discuss. I constantly hear how they don’t have any time to work on the business (WOTB) because they are too busy working IN the business (WITB). These ranchers are wasting their limited management time in WATB (worrying about the business) or even worse, worrying about things you can’t control (I don’t have a clever acronym for that one). Time spent worrying and reading garbage that is only meant to feed your worry about this stuff, is wasted time. In fact, it might be worse than wasted time. It takes away your energy towards driving your business forward and redirects it to negative thoughts that can feed on themselves creating a snowball of negative energy.

We all fall into it. I’ve fallen into it around the COVID situation. The tempting thoughts to dwell on are questions like, “When will this end?”; “What local rules will they pass that will impact my business”; “No one will ever want to come to an in-person class again.” This isn’t helpful. I’m telling myself a story and inflating the situation beyond what it is. More helpful questions to ponder are: “How can we position our business to be successful with COVID?”; “What steps can I take to move forward with a product we are proud to stand behind, while in the time of COVID?”. I need to take a lesson from the Thunderbird pilot and have intense focus on what I can control and give quick corrections as they are needed.

In ranching the most common obsessions seem to be the weather, the market and government regulations. I don’t question for a second that all of these can have serious impacts on your business, but how much control do you have on any of these? Sure is it good to be an informed voter and to understand the market and local weather risks but the real work comes in asking better questions: “How do we design a business that insulates us from drought risk?”; “How do we structure our business to be profitable in years of high and low prices?”

RMC along with our Ranching for Profit and Executive Link clients focus on the circle of influence and we encourage others to do the same. During our recent Executive Link meetings I was blessed to have some helpful conversations with members around how we are positioning Ranch Management Consultants to press on, in the era of COVID. It helped pull me from the victim mindset to one of accountability. I hope my story might be an encouragement for you. During this time of Thanksgiving, and as I reflect on my first year at the helm of RMC I am deeply grateful for our clients and our team here at RMC. I constantly learn from you, our client, and am inspired by your grit and resilience. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.

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Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

Discover the One Who Is Everything You Need

It’s wonderful to know that, as believers in Christ, we can
live in close fellowship with God. Jesus said in John 16:7 (AMP), “I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor – Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].”

When Jesus walked the earth, He could be in one place at a time and He could be with the disciples. But the Holy Spirit can be everywhere, all the time, and He lives IN those who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Being with Jesus is good, but having the Holy Spirit in us is even better. We don’t have to go looking for God because He’s as close as close can get!

See, when we receive Christ and we’re born again, it literally means that God – through the power of the Holy Spirit – comes to live inside us. He makes us new on the inside, and as He works in us, the fruit of what He’s doing is seen in the way we live and does some good for the people in the world around us. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21; John 14:17, 26; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23.)

The Many Roles of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

John 16:7 tells us who the Holy Spirit is: Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener and Standby. John 14:26 (AMP) says “He will teach you all things.” The Holy Spirit is THE Teacher and He guides us into all truth.

Think of this from the standpoint of recovering from things in the past that have hurt you. Many people come to God because their life is messed up and they don’t know what to do to fix it. They’ve tried everything they know to do and nothing is working. So finally, in their desperation, they ask for His help.

Thankfully, God wants to help us and heal us – spirit, soul and body. He wants to bring restoration to us so we won’t live in a state of recovery forever. He wants us to be whole in Christ so we can help someone else. We need the Holy Spirit to lead us to truth one step at a time, and we need His strength to confront things that are hard to face so we can get victory over them.

How the Truth Healed Me and Set Me Free

In my journey with Christ, He’s brought so much healing and restoration to my soul – my mind, will and emotions. My father sexually abused me throughout my childhood. When I left home at 18, I thought, “That’s over! I’m putting that problem behind me.” But I took the problem with me because the wounds of the abuse were still in my soul.

The pain of my past affected my thinking, how I operated emotionally, all of my relationships, and even my will. I was rebellious and stubborn and promised myself no one would ever hurt me or push me around again.

I was born again at this time but didn’t know that I could have the power of the Holy Spirit working in my life. It was years later, after I started seriously studying the Word of God, that I realized the Holy Spirit could heal me.

It’s so important to understand that we cannot do this on our own, but as we lean on the Holy Spirit for the strength to face our problems, we can overcome them.

If you have hurts from abuse, disappointments, an injustice or any other kind of mistreatment, you will have to face them with the help of the Holy Spirit to be healed of them. Anything you run from has a certain amount of power over you, and until you face it, every time it raises its ugly head, you have to run some more. Thank God, you don’t have to do it alone!

As I began my journey to wholeness in Christ, I had to face some painful things I had been avoiding and at times, running from. I had to face the fact that my parents didn’t know how to love me…that I had been abused…that there was a lot of pain in my life because of it all…that my dysfunctional behavior was rooted in the mistreatment I had experienced and I couldn’t blame it on the people in my life now. I had to take responsibility for my wrong attitudes, mindsets and behavior, and lean on God for the wisdom and strength to change.

Recovery and restoration of our souls takes time, so be patient with yourself in the process. I want to encourage you today to trust God’s love for you and that He wants to help you and heal you. The truth is, you can’t heal yourself, but you can be completely healed and whole in Christ, because all things are possible with God!


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

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.orgPlease 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.

Governor Bullock Announces New Crisis Counseling Hotline Funded by $1.6 Million Federal Grant

Montana Crisis Recovery line is now available at 1-877-503-0833

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced in early December a new crisis counseling hotline funded by a $1.6 million federal grant is now available to aid Montanans struggling with their mental health due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“We know Montanans in every corner of the state have been impacted by this virus in various ways and I’m pleased this hotline is available to support anyone in need,” Governor Bullock said. “I encourage Montanans to use the hotline now to receive confidential assistance and get connected to the appropriate services in their community.”

The Montana Crisis Recovery hotline is funded and available for at least the next nine months. Montanans in need of crisis counseling can call 1-877-503-0833 to receive free and confidential counseling services from trained crisis counselors Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The free service is meant to help people navigate feelings of isolation, loss, fear, uncertainty, depression, and anxiety they are experiencing during this time. The new service is available to all Montanans, with target populations identified as healthcare workers and first responders, school officials, veterans, elderly individuals, Native Americans, and farmers and ranchers.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) partnered with Disaster and Emergency Services to pursue the grant to address the growing need for mental health services.

“As COVID-19 cases rise across Montana, the impacts on mental health can be devastating to a wide range of the population,” Zoe Barnard, DPHHS Addictive and Mental Disorders Division Administrator, said. “A crisis counselor can offer an empathetic ear and provide support.”

Counselors on the other end of the line will be there to listen without judgement, offer emotional support, comfort, console, offer information and education on stress and coping, and direct callers to additional support and community resources. DPHHS is contracting with Mental Health America of Montana to manage the hotline. The phone line, when fully staffed, will include 12 trained crisis counselors. Efforts are currently under way to recruit and hire two counselors who are Tribal members.

In addition to Mental Health America of Montana, DPHHS will work closely with four additional project partners including the Montana Hospital Association, Voices of Hope, Kauffman & Associates Inc., and the Montana Public Health Institute. The team will work together to hire counselors and will provide outreach to communities across the state through this opportunity.

The grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Other mental health resources that are already available to Montanans include the Montana Crisis Text Line, Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Montana Warmline and Thrive by Waypoint Health.

The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 by texting MT to 741 741; the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800- 273-TALK (8255); the Warmline is available Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. at 877-688-3377; and information about Thrive by Waypoint Health, an online cognitive behavioral therapy for those actively working to manage anxiety and stress, is available at

Over the past several months, DPHHS has expanded these services to assist Montanans through the ongoing pandemic.


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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. 6-I:X

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     7-I:X

Northern Acres Appraisal Service: Know what it’s worth!  Call or email Ernest Goettlich, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser at 942-0419 or email  12-I

For Sale: 7TH STREET/5TH AVE Havre. Duplex/ 10 unit apartment building and 3 bedroom house with parking. Here is an opportunity to make history and do something with this building. It is in poor condition and needs someone to take care of it. Duplex is currently rented and grosses $1500 per month. It would require extensive renovations and in some areas it has begun. Great location. List Price $249,000. Call Chuck at Property Wes 406-262-3035 12-I

Position Opening: Extension Agent – 4-H/Youth Dev. & Family/Consumer Science- Blaine County, Chinook, MT. Full time. Will provide leadership and educational programming in 4-H/Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. For info and to apply: careers. Screening begins October 22, 2020. Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled. 12-I

For Sale: 417 9TH ST, HAVRE. This great Historical home is one of a kind in Havre. Its unique design has ample room with an abundance of light. It boasts a private backyard, double garage. New siding and windows. Updated plumbing and electrical. New furnace, water heater and AC unit. Original hard wood floors and Kitchen has been updated with hickory cabinets and Stainless steel appliances. Price Reduced $199,500. Call Property West, 406-262-3035 12-II

For Sale: 2003 GMC Envoy SLE.  Has 170k on 4.2, in-line six automatic transmission, runs great, has auto start for cold Montana mornings, rear dvd, new alternator, water pump, fan clutch, fresh oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant.  Asking $3200 or possible trade.  Contact Rob Harkins via Facebook. 12-I

For Sale: Very nice 50″ Vizio smart TV with remote. Rarely used…was in a spare bedroom with less than 30 hours of actual use.   Asking $300. Price is firm. Serious inquiries only please.  Contact Mike Benz via Facebook. 12-I

For Sale: New and used Western saddles, from size 10″-16.5″ seats, starting at $250 and up to $800 depending on the saddle. Offering Lay-a-way until Christmas. Buyer pay shipping from Wolf Point, MT.  Contact Fancie Nancie via Facebook. 12-I

For Sale: Great work truck! Has a lot of room in the cab, grill guard, tow package, everything works. Leather heated seats, just solid Duramax with the Allison transmission.  Asking $8,500.   Contact James Buck via Facebook. 12-I

For Sale:  Artwork by Howard Terpning, the foremost painter of Native American related material.  See Montana’s largest display of Terpning art at Big Sky Images & Collectibles in the Havre Holiday Village Mall. 406-399-6522. 11-?

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.

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