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The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has funding for rangeland grasshopper suppression efforts in 2021. At this time, the dollars for this opportunity are limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to reach out today to learn more.
APHIS shares the costs of providing grasshopper suppression treatments on Federal, State, and private rangeland as directed by the Plant Protection Act, and for Federal and Tribal Trust land APHIS covers 100% of the cost.
For private Montana rangelands, APHIS provides 33% of the funding and for state property, the support is matched at 50%.
The State Plant Health Director for Montana USDA, located in Billings, is Gary D. Adams. He is the best point of contact for getting more information on APHIS and PPQ, and can be reached at 406-657- 6282 or 431-6531, or by e-mail at Gary.D.Adams@aphis.usda.gov.
Virtual, Free Ceremony Set for December 5
HELENA – The Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame recently announced the class of inductees for 2020. MHOF was created to honor individuals, both living and deceased, who have made lasting contributions to the restoration and conservation of Montana’s wild animals, places, and rivers. The awards also capture the stories of these conservation heroes to enhance public awareness of Montana’s conservation history and inspire others to do their part to keep Montana special.
The inductees for 2020 are:
Stewart Monroe Brandborg Bruce Farling
John & Carol Gibson George Bird Grinnell Hal Harper
Gene Sentz Richard Vincent Vince Yannone
“This is a remarkable list of individuals whose accomplishments span a lifetime of keeping watch over Montana’s natural wonders,” said Thomas Baumeister, executive director of MOHF.
Earlier in the year, a diverse review committee selected the 13 inductees from a record number of 53 candidates nominated by the public. The 2020 class of Montana Outdoor Hall of Famers –the fourth since 2014 – will be honored during a virtual banquet on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
“The Hall of Fame inductees cover a range of personalities who worked to advance what could be termed Montana’s conservation consciousness,” Baumeister said.
For more information and to register for the free event, visit https://mtoutdoorhalloffame.org/or contact Thomas Baumeister 406- 431-4326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dec. 5: 10 a.m. Holiday Village Mall’s Winterfest Craft and Vendor Show. Space is limited. To reserve a booth, visit the Winterfest Craft & Vendor Show Events page on Facebook or call 406-400-2790.
Dec. 5: Montana Cattlemen’s Association 19th Annual Cattlemen’s Day via ZOOM or by conference call starts at 10 a.m. To join in the conference call by telephone, call 253-215-8782 or 312-626-6799 with webinar ID# 956 4777 4246 and passcode: 120520. You can also register and access the ZOOM meeting at https://tinyurl.com/CattlemensDay2020 or visit the Montana Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page.
Dec. 11: 9:00 a.m.: Let’s Talk, Montana! “Native American Cultural Sensitivity Training for Suicide Prevention” with Kathleen Little. Call Vanessa with Montana Social Scientists at 406-214-0029 for more information and to register. CEUs available, open to anyone.
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 www.montanasocialscientists.com
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 https://aa-montana.org/index.php?city=Area%2040
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 https://lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assitance/small-business- 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 www.blainecountylibrary.org, 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.
I let my fiancée use my car to get back and forth to work, and it has a lot of miles on it and a few mechanical issues. The money we’ve put into the car to fix the issues is about the same or more than the car is actually worth. We just started your plan a couple of months ago, and we’ve almost got a beginner emergency fund saved up. We also have very little consumer debt to pay off. I’m afraid, though, if we get into a second $1,000 to $2,000 car, we’ll just experience the same kinds of issues and it will turn into another money pit. I bring home about $5,000 a month, and she works part-time and goes to school. How do you think we should handle things?
Well, if you’re serious about following the plan, you don’t really have a choice right now. But you’re bringing home a nice paycheck, man. You ought to be able to buy a better $1,500 to $2,000 car with cash in a month or so, just to give you some relief. Then, stick some money aside each month until spring and get something that’s a big step up in the $5,000 to $6,000 range.
Listen, I don’t want anyone driving around in a rust bucket longer than they have to. And it sounds like you really need to get up out of the junk. But if you do some research and buy wisely, you can get a good year or two out of a $1,500 car. The car may not look like much, but you’re not trying to catch a girl’s eye. You’ve already got a fiancée. If you find an old Honda or Toyota that’s still mechanically sound—and yes, they’re out there—it’ll get you by while you save up for something a lot better.
But remember, you and your fiancée don’t need to own anything together until you’re married. The kind of arrangement you have now can cause real problems. If you guys get married and combine your resources and dreams, it’ll be better for everyone relationally and financially. You’re playing house already, so you might as well go ahead and get married and combine your lives on every level.
It’s time to paint or get off the ladder, dude! —Dave
There are many electric and gas customers across the country being targeted by imposter utility scams. Here are some common signs of potential scam activity:
*Request for prepaid debit card information: The caller may ask the customer for the prepaid credit card’s number, which grants the caller instant access to the card’s funds.
*Threat to disconnect: The imposter utility representative
may be aggressive and communicate to the customer a false threat of disconnection if a large sum of money is not transferred immediately.
*Request for immediate payment: The imposter caller may instruct a customer to quickly purchase a pre-paid debit card to resolve a delinquent bill.
If you feel you have been a victim of a potential utility scam, contact your local law enforcement immediately. For more information on common scams and how to spot them, visit Utilities United Against Scams at utilitiesunited.org.
Like many anticipated events across the Big Sky, the 19th Annual Cattlemen’s Day is one of those gatherings where the “show must go on” despite the pandemic. The major change for this event is that it will occur via videoconferencing with the option to dial in over the phone.
Cattlemen’s Day will start at 10 a.m. with Montana COOL moderator, Newell Roche; Ken Morris (Northern Plains Cattle Producer); Walt Schweitzer (Montana Farmers Union); and former Montana State Senator and Representative Brad Hamlett.
Other Speakers and distinguished guests include Senator John Tester at 11:00 a.m. with a presentation for COOL, Cattle Market Reform, and the Water Protection Act. Later in the day, various County Commissioners from across the state will speak, as well as others, on topics ranging from Bison Herd Management/Introduction, “Save the American Cowboy”, Settlement/Compact Bills, and the Flathead Reservation/Fort Belknap Reservation Water Compacts.
The day will close out with a business meeting at 3:00 p.m. with all members encouraged to attend and submit policy resolutions and MCA board nominations.
To register, visit https://tinyurl.CattlemensDay2020 or dial in (the day of the meeting) at 253-215-8782 or 312-626-6799. The webinar ID# is 956 4777 4246 and the Passcode is 120520.
Eight parks exceed 100,000 visitors
HELENA – Montana State Parks hosted 3 million visitors from
January through September of this year. Compared with the same time period last year, visitation increased by 24.4 percent. Visitation increased at 80 percent of state parks across Montana for the year, with eight parks exceeding 100,000 visitors.
“These visitation increases represent the busiest summer on record for the State Park system. FWP staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members went above and beyond to keep these sites open, and to safely host visitors in the face of the pandemic,” said Martha Williams, FWP director. “Countless families and visitors to Montana had memorable park visits this summer, and we hope their positive experiences will keep them coming back to enjoy the great recreational and cultural opportunities stewarded by Montana State Parks.”
The top five most visited parks between January and September of this year were:
1- Flathead Lake State Park (all units), Flathead Lake – 439,298 visitors (up 33.5 percent)
2- Cooney Reservoir State Park, Roberts – 330,730 visitors (up 26 percent)
3- Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls – 312,655 visitors (down -0.2 percent)
4- Lake Elmo State Park, Billings – 206,091 visitors (up 25.7 percent)
5- Thompson Chain of Lakes State Park, Libby – 155,483 visitors (up 42.5 percent)
State Park Regions – Visitation Snapshot for January -September
Below is a list of the most highly visited state parks in each of
FWP’s administrative regions:
Region 1 (Kalispell): Flathead Lake State Park (all units) had the highest visitation in the region with an estimated 439,298 visitors, an increase of 33.5 percent over the same time period last year.
Region 2 (Missoula): Placid Lake State Park had the highest visitation in the region with an estimated 84,922 visitors, an increase of 36.0 percent over the same time period last year.
Region 3 (Bozeman): Missouri Headwaters State Park had the highest visitation in the region with an estimated 58,109 visitors, an increase of 29.4 percent over the same time period last year.
Region 4 (Great Falls): Giant Springs State Park had the highest visitation in the region, with an estimated 312,655 visitors, a slight decrease of -0.2 percent over the same time period last year.
Region 5 (Billings): Cooney Reservoir State Park had the highest visitation in the region with an estimated 330,730 visits, an increase of 26.0 percent over the same time period last year.
Region 7 (Miles City): Makoshika State Park had the highest visitation in the region with an estimated 106,063 visitors, an increase of 45.4 percent over the same time period last year.
For more information on the 2020 Q3 State Park Visitation report call Kyan Bishop at (406) 444-3364. To view the complete report visit http:// stateparks.mt.gov/about-us/and click on Parks Planning & Reports.
Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO
Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses
You’ve probably heard the expression, “Go big or go home.” But there is another time-tested strategy that has a higher success rate: “Go long.”
It wasn’t just water that carved the Grand Canyon, cold temperatures that led to the last ice age, or a smart investing strategy that made Warren Buffett wealthy. In each case there was another ingredient: time … a long time.
Warren Buffett is widely accepted as one of the sharpest, most successful investors of our time. According to Forbes his net worth is over 80 billion dollars. In his book, The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel explains that Buffett started investing as a teenager. What most people probably don’t realize is that over 99% of Buffett’s wealth was generated after he was 55, and over 95% was generated after he was eligible for social security. Being a good investor isn’t enough. Warren Buffet plays the long game.
Since 1920 the S & P 500 has earned an average annual return of 7.5%. Apply that rate of return to someone who invests $10,000 per year every year and you’ll find that in 20 years they’ll have invested $200,000 and earned a return of over $465,000, over double what they’ve invested. Keep investing for another 20 years and the total return will grow to 6 times the amount invested. Buffett, now 90, has been playing the long game for over 70 years.
The long game produces big results slowly, at least at first. The power of compound interest only becomes obvious in an investment’s third or fourth decade. That makes it a hard game to start, especially when you are young, strapped for cash and trying to grow a business. We want BIG results and we want them NOW! As we pursue one idea after another it is easy to convince ourselves that we have nothing to invest and even if we did, we need results sooner rather than later.
But waiting is expensive. Let’s say you and your neighbor are both 25. Your neighbor starts investing $10,000 every year now. You delay 10 years and start investing $10,000 when you are 35. By the time you and your neighbor are 65 your neighbor will have earned $1,331464 more than you.*
Too many people invest everything they make from their ranch back into the ranch. The result is that people, who in any other profession would be retiring, remain financially dependent on the ranch. That adds unnecessary stress on the next generation. Adding to the stress, especially when the ranch is their only significant asset, some feel they need to divide the ranch, leaving heirs with properties that aren’t economically viable and creating the potential for conflicts that could have been avoided. Imagine how different it would be if today’s older generation of farmers and ranchers had played the long game.
Enjoying Everyday Life
As children of God, we have power and authority over
the devil. And we are to use that power and authority for good
and for service to others. That almost sounds like something you could say about a superhero, doesn’t it?
It reminds me of a letter I once received from a woman, telling me about her four-year-old son and his cousins playing together one day. They were all pretending to be superheroes. One of them exclaimed, “I’m Superman!” Another said, “I’m Superwoman!” And this lady said her son proudly wielded his imaginary sword and proclaimed, “I’m Joyce Meyer!”
What a compliment to the Christ in me! That child saw something in me that he thought was “super” and wanted to imitate! What he saw is simply a result of the work God has done in my life through His Holy Spirit. And isn’t it interesting that while the other kids’ superhero gear included a cape, his little weapon was a sword! (See Ephesians 6:17.)
We are often referred to as soldiers in the Word of God. Soldiers are well trained in combat; they carry all kinds of offensive, as well as defensive equipment, and are taught to be vigilant, alert, and aware.
No matter whether we view ourselves like soldiers or superheroes or whatever, our warfare is spiritual. And our weapons and armor are also spiritual.
Doing Warfare God’s Way
In this spiritual war, we fight on the battlefield of the mind. Every day we
are subjected to unrelenting attacks in our thoughts, such as worry, fear, doubt and other concerns. The devil is behind many of our problems, and some we create ourselves.
But Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “put on the full armor of God, so that [we] can take [our] stand against the devil’s schemes” (NIV). Our thoughts are very important in this warfare…what we think of ourselves as well as what we think of others or of our circumstances. The reason is that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (v. 12).
So, while the devil may have power, we have the power and authority of Jesus Christ at work in us by His Holy Spirit. Our job is to get to know God for ourselves—get to know who we are in Him and the power that is available to us through Him. We need to learn how to follow the Holy Spirit, because He wants to lead us in our individual battles according to what is right for each of us. The truth is God is on our side, and that already makes us more than conquerors in Him! (See Romans 8:31, 37.)
What to Wear to Battle
In this war, there’s both offensive and defensive equipment. With our
weapons we fight the enemy. And we are protected from him by our armor. Both are vitally important to our success.
Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
These verses reveal the weapons and armor of our spiritual warfare. We defeat the enemy’s tactics every time we forgive instead of hold a grudge…every time we have patience with someone rather than rush them…every time we speak with humility rather than arrogance.
Ephesians 4:25 says to “put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor….” Verse 31 goes on to say, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” These are things that will hinder and weigh us down in life—and certainly a spiritual battle.
The Battle Plan
To win our battles, we have to learn to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He leads us, according to His purpose and plan for our lives. Practically speaking, we do this as we commit to seeking God in prayer and by studying His Word, and then choosing to trust what He says above and beyond anything else. That means we believe the Truth of who God is and His promises to us in the Bible no matter what our circumstances look like, what we feel, or what lies the enemy is trying to put in our mind.
So, tighten up your belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14). In other words, learn the truth of God’s Word, especially what His Word says about you. Then do what you know to do…what you can do…and God will do what you can’t. Don’t be so concerned about how everything will work out; just trust God to do what’s right for you!
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.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 Ministtries.
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For Sale: For Sale: 836 5TH AVE, HAVRE MT, Beautiful home in the downtown area. Updated and given much care and thought in to keeping this home as original as possible. 2 bathrooms on main floor have heated floors and master bath has a heated Jacuzzi tub and 2 walk in closets. Finished basement consists of Rec Room with wet bar, office, laundry and 2 bedrooms with egress windows and 1 bathroom Ample storage throughout. Exterior recently repainted and roof re-shingled. Fenced back yard. List Price $320,000 Call Property West, 406-262-3035 11-II
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
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