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Blue-Green Algae May be a Risk for Livestock

From Julianne Snedigar, MSU-Blaine County Ag & 4-H Agent

Even though summer is just getting started for those of us in north central Montana, it is not too early to start thinking about our fall water sources. Certain conditions can put our streams and reservoirs at risk for toxic blue-green algae blooms. Blue-green algae can be a threat to livestock, pets as well as humans. There are many types of algae. Algae blooms are common, but not all are harmful. Unfortunately, you cannot tell the difference by just looking. Large amounts of algae that can cause adverse effects are called harmful algal blooms (HABs). One type of algae that can form a harmful algal bloom is blue-green algae. Blue-green algae includes several different species of photosynthetic cyanobacteria that live in water. These cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can sicken or kill livestock. Blue-green algae blooms contain either neurotoxins that cause nervous system damage or hepatoxins that cause liver damage. If water contaminated with harmful blue-green algae is consumed by livestock or pets, death will typically occur within 24 hours or less after ingestion. Because death occurs so quickly, there is not a typical treatment for blue-green algae exposure. A waterbody containing a harmful algal bloom of blue-green algae resembles green paint, grass clippings, or pea soup. Blooms can occur during summer and early fall. Blue-green algae prefers sunny weather when water temperatures are higher than 75° F. Low wind speeds are also a contributing factor. Harmful blue-green algae thrive in warm, shallow reservoirs and lakes. It can also grow in stock tanks and water troughs. When the wind blows in a relatively constant direction, these organisms accumulate on the downwind side of the pond, where toxin concentrations may increase. Testing will be difficult as toxicity levels may vary greatly within the same body of water.

Water containing a harmful algal bloom often will have an unpleasant smell. Most livestock will avoid water with this smell, but some dogs are attracted by the smell and are at risk of drinking the water or ingesting scum at the edges of the pond. Children are also at risk as they are more likely to swim in an area with a HAB without knowing it.

Prevention of exposure is key. Livestock should be removed from contaminated water and supplied with fresh water from another source. The duration of harmful algal blooms is difficult to predict and is influenced by weather conditions. The condition may last from days to months. Cooler, cloudy weather with high wind speeds generally shortens the duration.

If you suspect you have a blue-green algae bloom in one of your water sources, contact your local MSU Extension Office. They can direct you to testing resources and provide additional information to assist you. Suspected harmful algal blooms can also be reported with the Montana DPHHS at: Additional Resources:

• K-State Research and Extension. “Identification and Management of Blue-green Algae in Farm Ponds”.

• Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. “Toxic Blue-Green Algal Blooms”.

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Aaniiih Nakoda College Summer Buffalo Research in July

The Tataga Scholars Summer Seminar at Aaniiih Nakoda in Fort Belknap will take place July 13th to 24th. This one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience encourages participation in research projects at local Bison RangeslocatedontheFortBelknapIndianReservation.Learningobjectives focus on investigating wildlife management and health of buffalo herds as well as their relationship with Aaniiih-nen/Nakoda lifeways.

This program is open to Spring 2020 High School Seniors and students enrolling as seniors for Fall 2020. There is financial support available including stipends. For applications or questions call 353-2607 or e-mail Chelsea Morales ( or Kim Barrows (

MSU-Northern Announces Plans for Fall

MSU-Northern is looking forward to fall amid the transitional phases and orders from Governor Bullock and other governing bodies. Among the modifications students can expect this fall are the expectation for courses to be offered face-to-face until Thanksgiving Break with end-of-semester closing lectures and final exams to be delivered remotely.

Additionally, faculty will be providing front-loaded class calendars that encourage vital content to be be taught earlier in the course so students can maximize their face-to-face instructional time should state guidelines change later in the semester.

The consequences of COVID have caused lasting effects that have altered the way business, education, and other aspects of daily life function. MSU-N is mindful of these details since the pandemic, and has other groups working within the campus and guided by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education to develop and implement a comprehensive plan that will support the mission and values of MSU-Northern.

Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses

The Laws Of Economics

My Cousin Vinny is one of my favorite movies. There’s a scene where Vinny, played by Joe Pesci, challenging the witness, asks, “Are we to believe that the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove?”

That line, makes me think of some people who market grass finished beef and use grazing practices that improve soil. They seem to believe that, because they are doing something they feel is socially responsible and environmentally friendly, the laws of economics cease to exist on their farms and ranches.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of grass finishing and I’m first in line to promote ecologically sound management practices. But whether you set stock and overgraze or use ultra-high density grazing, whether you sell feedlot ready steers into the commodity market or organic grass-finished beef at farmers markets, whether you have 10 acres or 10,000, 25 head or 25,000, the laws of economics apply. As much as the health and productivity of the land and livestock are part of sustainability, the laws of economics also determine the sustainability of your farm or ranch. It isn’t sustainable if it isn’t profitable.

Over the last couple of decades, we’ve seen a shift in the demographics of land ownership in the west. One trend is that many people with non-ag backgrounds who achieved tremendous financial success in other endeavors, have purchased ranches. Let me be clear. I’ve got nothing against non-ranchers buying ranches. If you believe in capitalism and free markets, you should admire them for the success they’ve achieved and tip your hat to them for being in a position to buy these properties.

There is, however, a burr under my blanket about some of the things I see happening on some of these properties. Some of these owners have embraced progressive practices and have sponsored field days and workshops to promote these practices and provide training for area ranchers. I think their generous spirit is commendable. But unless the results on the ground are accompanied with the financial results, these demonstrations aren’t very convincing. It’s relatively easy to improve soil health when you have unlimited resources. But it would mean more to demonstrate that ecologically sound, socially responsible practices also result in improved cash flow and increased profit. To do that, the demonstration must be completely transparent. We need to see the capital required, the production costs incurred, and the returns received to know if a practice is really sustainable.

Earlier this week I got a call from someone who bought a large ranch and wants to use progressive management practices to improve the health of the land. He explained, “I am not financially reliant on the farm.” I responded, “I hope you’ll act as though you are reliant on the farm to pay you a good salary and make a profit. You’ll find that your employees will be more motivated, you’ll be more clear- minded and you’ll have more fun.”

It’s been my experience that when there is financial pressure to get things done, things get done. It’s not about the money. It is about the urgency to change the situation. That urgency doesn’t exist when money is not an issue. The farmers and ranchers who need to make profit tend to make the most rapid ecological progress.

Bottom line: the laws of economics apply on your ranch and there are big penalties for breaking the law.

April 10, 2019 – Dave Pratt   

It’s County Fair Time!
County Fair Roundup

With all the uncertainty ahead due to CoVid-19 and health guidelines that change frequently, our local fair boards are facing difficult decisions regarding how and if to hold our local fairs. Please be understanding of the job they are doing, and if your fair is happening in some form, please support it the best you can while staying safe. Thank you to these sponsor businesses who have brought this section to you, and the volunteers who serve year after year.

Best of luck to all fair participants in 2020!

Great Northern Fair


Canceled, However:

The 2020 Hill County 4-H Fair will be streaming live on Facebook. The only “in-person” part of the fair will be the sale for buyers. If you want to purchase an animal, call the Hill County Ex- tension

Hill County 4-H is formally inviting everyone across the hi- line to join in their livestock sale at the Bigger, Better Barn in Havre. The Program suggests that community members look for ways to make sure everyone can keep supporting its members by suggesting to find a partner business or family to share the cost of a large animal or consider buying a smaller animal.

The livestock sale will be both live (in-person) and on-line (remote). CDC guidelines will be adhered to at the site of the live- stock sale. In order to accommodate to these protocols, all buyers will need to pre-register this year. For details on the pre-registration process, visit the Hill County Extension Office, call 400-2333, or check out the MSU-Hill County Extension Facebook page. There is also a direct link to the pre-registration packet available at the fol- lowing web address: BUYERPACKET.pdf The deadline to pre-register will be July 10th (or on the day of the sale).

The Hill County 4-H program appreciates everyone’s support during these trying times and abnormal circumstances. Thanks for supporting the 4-H livestock sale again this year!

Shows & Sales are as follows:

July 17: 10am – Horse Show 4pm – Dog Show 6pm – Beef Show

July 18: 8am – Swine Show 1pm – Sheep & Goats

3pm – Round Robin

July 19: 10am – Small Animals 1pm – Market Sale

105th Annual Phillips County Fair Dodson

July 30 – August 2

Friday 7:30 p.m.

Night Show

Kyle Shobe & the Walk ‘Em Boys

Since the formation of the group Kyle Shobe & the Walk ‘Em Boys, the band has made appearances in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Arizona, California and South Carolina at conventions, fairs, trade shows and other events. The Walk ‘Em Boys regularly keep the dance floor crowded as they combine original music with time-tested cover songs, ranging from the early days of country and rock music to more current-day genres, appealing to people of all ages. The group is comprised of talent from around central Montana.

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Combined Demolition Derby &
AMX “Bump-N-Run” Car Races
Contact Keith Cowan for more information, 390-0308

Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Indian Relay and Chariot Races

CoVid-19 Guidelines will be adhered to during the fair. Visit the website to view the health plan.

Watch the website for 4-H Judging and Show Schedule. Livestock Sale will be held online.

Food and commercial vendors are welcome, and will be open at their discretion.

All times and prices will be posted and updated regularly at

Tickets for all events
will be available ONLY at the fair (no pre-orders). Grandstand Pass is available at the gate only. Event prices to be determined.

There will be no carnival at this year’s fair but all children 12 and under get into all Grandstand Events for FREE.

For more information, rules, entry forms and more, please visit

Thank You for supporting the Phillips County Fair!

Phillips County Fair will once again be providing transportation via Phillips Transit to the Fair

Blaine County Fair Chinook

August 12 – 16

Visit for current updates.

Wed., Aug 12 Kids Rodeo

Thur. & Fri., Aug 13 & 14
22nd Annual Bear Paw Roundup PRCA Rodeo
7:00 p.m. each night.

Sat., Aug 15
Blaine County Showdown Demolition Derby
4:00 p.m.

Sun., Aug 16 Pig Wrestling 7:00 p.m.

Central Montana Fair Lewistown
July 30 – August 2

Montana Fair Billings
August 7 – 15

Chouteau County Fair Fort Benton August 16 – 18

4-H shows, free entertainment, rock walls, children’s museum exhibits, car show, food & retail vendors, pig wrestling, two nights of the ever so popular tractor pulls,
and a demolition derby!

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

July 3: RCAN Ranch Rodeo Scramble for information or visit the RCAN-Rural Communities & Agricultural Neighbors Facebook page.

July 3: Sweet Home “COVID-19” Parade! Friday at 2pm. Help us bring some excitement to the nursing home residents – Come drive, bike, walk in a parade throught the parking lot.

July 4: Hinsdale Ranch Rodeo Scramble Rodeo 11 am @ Hinsdale Arena. Call DeWayne (230-1259) for more information

July 4: Great Northern Fairgrounds Fireworks Show @ 10 pm

July 4: 5-6:30 p.m.: Walk/Run Pet Parade and Firework Display @ iResponse Building at Box Elder.

July 9: Wolf Point Stampede Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo.

July 25-26: Milk River Co-Ed Softball Tournament @ Havre Complex South of Town. No coolers in the complex. HSA selling beer and full concessions. Any questions? Call Brandon at 945-4516

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).

Kicks @ 6! Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. Now through August 18th, at Pepin Park in Havre.

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.

HEDA’s Attic in Hingham announces three LARGE Rummage Sale dates: July 11th, August 1st, August 8th all sales start at 8 a.m. and stop at noon.

Chinook Wildlife Museum Hours for July and August 2020: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Sundays 1-5 p.m. Masks recommended, but not required. Practice social distancing. Come see us!

Outdoor Summer Yoga at MSU-N: Wed. July 15 (5:30-6 p.m.), Wed. July 22 (10 – 10:45 a.m.), Wed. July 29 (5:30-6:00 p.m.). Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat, water, and any yoga props you may need. Each session will be 30-45 minutes. Join in for a free, fun summer outdoor event on the MSU-Northern Campus. Call (265-3711) or e-mail ( with any questions.

Artists and Farmers on Tuesdays for Malta’s Summer Market

Malta Area Chamber of Commerce “Artisans & Farmers Market” takes place Tuesdays nights this summer from 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Park in Downtown Malta. Dates are July 7th & 21st, August 4th & 18th, and September 1st & 15th. Come check out local, in-season produce, handmade jewelry and knives, and other artisan goods, gifts, and more. To participate, contact Alesha, Julie Snellman, Ann Sautter, Sandy Perry, or the Malta Chamber office.

4-H Sticker Challenge to commemorate the 2020 Montana 4-H Congress. This year’s theme is “Congress Live: Bringing 4-H Home.” E-mail your design to Lexie Davis (

Harlem Public Library is checking out mobile hotspots. Call 353-2712 or stop by the library to find out more.

HiSET Testing at Fort Belknap: July 10, and August 21. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

Real Estate Section

Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

Understanding Faith and How It Works

What is faith? And what does it look like to actually live by faith?

These are important questions, because we receive and experience the blessings God has for us through faith.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]” (AMP).

I like to define faith as the hand that reaches out and receives what God has for us. By faith we believe what God says in His Word is true, that it’s for us, and that we will receive everything He wants to give us. We believe we have His promises before we get them or experience them.

Everyone has faith, but not everyone puts their faith in God. For example, when a person sits in a chair, they have faith that the chair will hold them. People drive to work because they have faith in the traffic laws that make it possible to travel on the roads. But first and foremost, we need to put our faith in God and the truth of the Bible.

Romans 1:17 says, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written… ‘The just and upright shall live by faith.’”

This verse reveals that we’re saved by faith and we are created to live by faith. In order to live by faith, we have to release it, and there are three ways we do that: praying, saying and doing.

The Privilege of Prayer

Prayer is the greatest privilege we have! It’s amazing that we can personally communicate with Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe. That means we can talk to Him and He hears us, and He wants to talk to us.

One of the main ways we hear God’s voice is through His Word, which is why it’s critically important for us to study the Bible. When we diligently study the Word, we get revelation of who God is, how He loves us, and what His will is for our lives. We learn how to pray for the things He wants to give us…the kind of life Jesus died for us to have.

James 4 says that people live in strife, quarreling and fighting, because they try to get what they want and they’re jealous of what others have, but they can’t make it happen for themselves. Verses 2-3 say, “You covet but cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (NIV).

Have you been trying to get something or make something happen and you’re frustrated because you can’t achieve it? Maybe you’re struggling because you’re striving to do it in your own strength or you’re going after things that aren’t right for you or in God’s plan for your life.

We need to pray and ask God for what we want, but we need to ask for the blessings He wants to give us. I often pray like this: “God, I’m going to ask You for everything I want, but if I ask for something that’s not right for me, please don’t give it to me. I really only want what YOU want for me, because You know what’s best for me.”

Praying for the Promises of God

There are some situations where we may not know for sure what God’s will is, and that’s when we need to trust that if we don’t get what we think we want, it’s because He has something better for us. But there are many things we can ask for with assurance and confident expectation that God will give them because He promises them to us in His Word. Here are a few…

•You don’t have to be lonely because God is always with you (Psalm 73:23; Hebrews 13:50).•You can have peace in every situation (John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7).
•You can have God’s wisdom for every decision (James 1:5).
• You have the strength, in Christ, to do whatever you need to do (Philippians 4:13).
•God loves you and He has an amazing plan for your life (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10; Jeremiah 29:11). God has so much more for you than what you have experienced so far in your life. Make it your number one priority to spend time with Him every day in prayer and Bible study, and begin boldly asking Him to give you every good thing He’s planned for you.

Put your faith in God in every area of your life and everything you do, and you’ll discover how living by faith really is an amazing adventure!


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.

What’s Wrong With My Tree?

BONUS: Read this FULL length article that was only summarized in the print edition!

~Summarized from an article by Julianne Snedigar, MSU-Blaine County Ag & 4-H Agent

Now that we are well into spring and summer is almost here; most lawns, plants and trees in our area have gotten a good start greening up and getting their growth underway for this year. While it is encouraging to see this green, we are also seeing evidence of the effects of the weather from this past fall and winter, especially on our area trees. Here are some types of damage we are seeing and ways to prevent this damage in the future. 

Winter Desiccation 

Winter desiccation occurs when winter sun and wind cause excessive water loss from the twigs and leaves, while roots in frozen soil are unable to replace it. The problem is most severe in evergreens, which maintain their large leaf areas during winter. Look for death of twigs and leaves on the windward side or on the side facing the afternoon sun.

Symptoms may be more severe in recently transplanted plants that have not yet re-established a complete root system. The best line of defense against winter desiccation is to water all trees and shrubs prior to soil freeze. In addition, winter watering during extended thaw periods when the soil is not frozen is also good practice. Wind and sun barriers are helpful for small and newly transplanted trees. A loose wrapping of burlap works well for young conifers. Never place plastic garbage bags over plants. Air inside these bags can warm to dangerous levels on bright winter days. You can also spray plants in late fall with a film type antitranspirant to reduce moisture loss from twigs and needles.


Bark on the south and southwest sides of tree trunks and in branch crotches may be killed by sunscald, a particularly prevalent problem in Montana in late winter and early spring. Bark is warmed and the cells de-hardened by afternoon sun. Rapid temperature drop after sunset then kills the cells and bark. Damage is most common on smooth barked trees such as mountain ash, apple and maple, on trees with dark bark, such as cherry, and on young, thin- barked trees. Shrubs and evergreen trees are rarely affected.

There are several ways to reduce sunscald. Tree wrap, such as that made from heavy kraft paper, can be applied to the trunk in October to reflect the sun and reduce abrupt temperature fluctuations. This also helps keep rodents from feeding on the bark. Remove the wrap in April. White latex paint also reflects the sun and prevents rapid temperature changes. Wrap or paint the trunks from the soil line to the lowest branch. The purpose of tree wraps is not to keep the trunk warm but instead to keep it cool. Evergreen shrubs interplanted with trees help shade the tree bark during winter and reduce sunscald.

Frost Cracking (Vertical Shakes)

Extremely rapid temperature changes in the bark and wood cause tree trunks to split vertically. As with sunscald, the bark and wood on the sunny side of the tree warms during the day. If a cold front moves in with a dramatic temperature drop, say from 30°F to -20°F in a very short time, uneven rapid contraction of the wood causes it to crack. Damage is most common in hardwood trees such as green ash. Trees usually heal the cracks rapidly. However, once cracked, trees will likely crack again along the same line in similar situations. No practical method is available for preventing shakes, yet they apparently cause no long-term detrimental effects.

Winter Freeze Damage 

Plants are subject to branch, twig, and trunk damage during winter thaws when temperatures remain in the 60–70°F range for a week or more. By about Jan. 1 trees have usually satisfied their chilling requirements and can begin to grow when conditions are favorable. Hence, a thaw period mimics springtime conditions. Water flows back into cells, the tissue deacclimates to cold temperatures, and the plant becomes susceptible to freeze damage if temperatures drop rapidly back to seasonal normals. If the change is gradual, even over two to three days, tissue can reacclimate to colder temperatures and damage may not occur. Plants affected by winter freezes can be so damaged that only the main trunk and scaffold branches are viable in the spring. Young trees can be killed to the snow line or the soil line. 

Sometimes, patches of bark on limbs and trunks are killed by cold temperatures. The affected area first appears purplish or dark and often somewhat sunken. Eventually, the bark dries, cracks, and can peel from the area. Unlike sunscald, this injury is not limited to the southwest side of the tree. 

Tack the bark back into place if it is still alive. Cover the seams with tree wound dressing to reduce desiccation. If the bark is dead, remove it completely and allow the wound to heal. Do not cover this wound with dressing. 

Prolonged, severe winter cold when there is no snow cover can kill plant roots. Even acclimated roots can be killed when soil temperatures drop to 10° to 15°F. Snow or mulch protects the tree against this type of damage. Trees with damaged roots usually start growth in spring, but the leaves will be small and both leaves and flowers are likely to wilt shortly after bloom. The tree may die rapidly in summer or may die slowly over a period of years if only a portion of the root system was killed. The tree may recover if the root system was damaged only slightly. 

An unusually rampant growth of suckers from the base of the tree is a common symptom of winter freeze damage. The top of the tree may have suffered severe tissue damage, and the suckers are the tree’s way of trying to reestablish a top quickly to balance and maintain the large root system. Attempts to train suckers into becoming a replacement for the original tree are seldom entirely satisfactory.

If you are seeing damage to your trees, please contact the MSU Blaine County Extension Office. We can help you determine what the damage is and what can be done. In response to most of the effects listed in this article, the best course of action is to wait and see. Make sure that your trees are getting adequate water and nutrients. Trees should be given time to try to recover. Use your thumbnail to shallowly scrape into the cambium of the branch. If it is green, the branch is still alive and needs to be given time to recover. Another method is to test the suppleness of the branch. If it can still bend and not break right away, it is still trying to grow. We recommend waiting until at least the 4th of July and sometimes longer to determine if the tree is in fact dead or dying. Another thing to remember is that stressed trees are much more susceptible to insects and diseases. Mitigating stress to your trees can help keep them healthier and a beautiful addition to your landscape for years to come. 

Information in this article was taken from Montana State University Extension MontGuide “What’s Wrong with This Tree?” written by Cheryl Moore-Gough, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist. This and other MontGuides are available at the MSU Blaine County Extension Office. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Julianne Snedigar, MSU Blaine County Ag & 4-H Extension Agent at 406-357-3200 or

FWP Proposes Conservation Easement for Lone Tree Property South of Chinook

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to purchase a conservation easement on 11,285 deeded acres in southern Blaine County, approximately 50 miles south of Chinook.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal, and FWP will hold a public meeting at the Hensler Auditorium in Havre on Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m. Due to MSU-Northern COVID-19 restrictions, seating will be limited to 35 people. The meeting is expected to be small and will be held consistent with Montana’s Phase 2 social distancing guidelines. People can also provide comment online, in writing or via email. If you feel ill please stay home and comment via another venue.

The Lone Tree Conservation Easement would conserve native habitat, including grasslands, sagebrush and shrub grasslands, and scattered patches of coniferous forests near the Missouri Breaks. This easement would also result in habitat enhancements including implementation of a grazing system and reestablishment of permanent vegetative cover in some previously farmed areas.

A draft environmental assessment is available for review and public comment. The EA can be viewed online at publicNotices/conservationEasements/pn_0045.html, or a hard copy can be obtained by calling 406-265-6177. Comments can be submitted online, emailed to wildlife biologist Scott Hemmer at, or mailed to: MT FWP, Attn. Lone Tree Conservation Easement, 2165 US Hwy 2 East, Havre, MT 59501

For any additional information or questions, please contact Scott Hemmer at 406-265-6177. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m., Saturday, July 11. If the project moves forward following public comment, it will go before the Fish & Wildlife Commission for a final decision.

St. Mary/Milk River Irrigation Project Moves Forward with Repairs

As of Tuesday, June 23, 2020, construction began on the Drop 5 structure of the St. Mary Milk River Water System with optimism that there will be approval to start excavation and grade setting for the Drop 2 structure soon. Like these portions of the system, Drop 1 may also receive long overdue maintenance once the budget has been approved to determine available funding not already devoted to the Drop 2 and Drop 5 work.

Jenn Patrick, Project Manager for Milk River Irrigation Project Joint Board of Control, addressed calls concerning the low river flows possible in response to Fresno Reservoir’s drop under 60,000 acre feet earlier last week. She states, “A few of the districts are off right now for demoss or they are trying to conserve for the 10-15 days and extend the season for their own producers.” She continued to explain that flows will likely remain lower than normal this year due to three districts shutting down about the time lower districts will be finishing up with their irrigation work. Patrick specifically addressed the Fort Belknap Indian community in this correspondence by stating that the Tribe “will continue to stay on and utilize the 1/7 of storage in Fresno and 15,000-18,000 acre feet will be carried over for the municipalities for winter releases,” with no major precipitation-related weather events that could modify this projection.

The Milk River Irrigation Board urges all community members across the Hi-Line to let their voice be heard by state and local representatives concerning this issue. There will be a St. Mary Working Group set up, according to Patrick, with more information to be announced. For more information on the St. Mary Canal and Milk River Water System or the Joint Board of Control, contact Jenn Patrick by phone (406-945-3383) or e-mail ( with questions.

FWP Proposes Conservation Easement for Ash Coulee Property Near Hinsdale

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to purchase a conservation easement on approximately 3,400 deeded acres in Valley County, roughly 5 miles southeast of Hinsdale.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal, and FWP will hold a public meeting at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow on Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is expected to be small and will be held consistent with Montana’s Phase 2 social distancing guidelines. People can also provide comment online, in writing or via email. If you feel ill please stay home and comment via another venue.

Conservation easements are partnerships between FWP and willing private landowners to conserve important native wildlife habitats and provide public recreational access. The proposed easement, called the Ash Coulee Conservation Easement, would provide protection, enhancement, and public access to prairie riparian corridors, sagebrush and shrub grasslands, and plains grasslands adjacent to the Milk River. A rest rotation grazing system would be implemented to maintain and improve wildlife habitat on the property.

A draft environmental assessment is available for review and public comment. The EA can be viewed online at publicNotices/conservationEasements/pn_0044.html or a hard copy can be obtained by calling 406-228-3700. Comments can be submitted online, emailed to wildlife biologist Drew Henry at, or mailed to: MT FWP, Attn. Ash Coulee Conservation Easement, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, MT 59230.

For any additional information or questions, please contact Drew Henry at 406-228-3709. The public can comment up to 5 p.m., Friday, July 10. If the project moves forward following public comment, it will go before the Fish & Wildlife Commission for a final decision.

Blaine County Museum Invites “Friends” & Hires Intern

In the last article Tricia’s Trader shared with readers about the Blaine County Museum, news was shared that Samantha French, the Museum’s curator, was hoping to plan for informational meetings to start organizing a Friends of the Museum group. The dates have been scheduled for a series on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m. The meetings are free and open to the public. Social distancing guidelines will be exercised during the meetings.

To get geared up for more support from near and far, the museum has had the pleasure of adding a new student intern to the team. Brandon Long Fox, ANC College Student Intern, will be working alongside Samantha to start on a number of long-overdue projects including digitizing local oral histories from cassette tapes. A large number of these recordings come from Laurie Mercier who interviewed residents of small towns across the Hi-Line. Some snippets of these recordings can be found on the Blaine County Museum Facebook page thanks to the help from Brandon and support from the Aaniiih Nakoda College at Fort Belknap.

Summer hours at the museum are in effect: Monday-Saturday from 9 to 5, Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. There is a correction to the museum’s e-mail address from the last article; the e-mail address is blmuseum@ and their phone number is 357-2590. Click, call, or stop by. The museum is FREE and open year round.


Help Wanted: Great Northern Motel in Malta is accepting applications for waitress positions. Applications and inquiries at the front desk of the Great Northern Hotel. 7-I

Help Wanted:  City of Harlem is accepting applications for lifeguards.  Stop by Harlem City Hall for an application. 6-II

Help Wanted: Great Falls Tribune is looking for a delivery person to work daily to pick up newspapers in Great Falls and deliver to Havre. Call 791-1401 for more information.  7-I

For Sale by Owner:  10 acres of Country Property, divided into 5 pastures w/ 5 bed, 2 ba. house w/ 2100 sq. ft. living area + 400 sq. ft. bsmt and 2280 sq. ft. building w/ electricity, 6″ fiberglass insul. throughout, divided into 38’x40′ shop area w/ 14′ ceilings (16’x13′ door), and 3-car garage w/ elec. doors and 8′ ceiling.  16 mi. east of Havre.  ONLY $280,000.  Call Douglas Plouffe at 406-357-2487 for showing.                 2-II:8-II

Wanted:  50′ to 70′ power poles from “old” transmission line from Ft. Peck to Great Falls.  Please call or text to 390-0455.      3-I:8-II

For Sale: Savage 6.5 Creedmoor w/ scope, $675.00; Ruger .41 mag Blackhawk new model, single action, new-in-box, $627.99; Ruger .44 mag Blackhawk new model, single action, $689.99; Bergara .300 Win mag., 25″ barrel, muzzle break, scope plus ammo, $693.99. Call 406-403-1804.    5-II:7-I

For Sale: Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle for sale. Red in color with 11000 miles. call for price and all the extras. Please call 406-378-2484. 6-II

Outdoor Antique Flea Market.  Over an acre of antiques and collectibles from many vendors.  Sunday, July 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Virgelle, off US 87 between Fort Benton and Big Sandy.  Sponsored by Virgelle Merc Antiques. 1-800-426-2926 or 6-II

For Sale:  417 9th St.  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.  Call Becky at Property West, 406-262-3035. 6-II

For Sale:  2012 John Deere 4720 tractor w/front-wheel assist, 400 CX loader with two buckets. 320 hours, full cab w/heat, a/c, radio, 6′ three-point blade. Very Good Condition $40,000.  Call 390-8056. 6-II

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      7-I:X

For Sale: 1997 F 250 Ford 4×4 Ext cab. 7.3 motor. New Transmission Asking $6250. Call 357-3393 7-I

For Sale: Table Saw, like new condition. Asking $50.  Contact Adele Christianson Otto via Facebook. 7-I

For Sale: 2014 2956A Massey Ferguson Hesston round baler with net wrap.  9,000 bales.  Asking $30,000.  Call 301-2824. 6-II

For Sale:  Three 14 foot V-hull aluminum boats & one 12 foot flat-bottom Jon boat.  Prices are very reasonable and negotiable !! Text or call 945-1651.

Now through August:  Free College Classes at Aaniiih Nakoda. College.  Some restrictions apply. Call 353-2607 or check out the college website at for details and to register  6-I:7-II

For Sale: 2002 Hesston 8110s Swather, 2500 hours with 30′ draper header and 16′ hay header.  $30,000.  Call 301-2824.

Help Wanted: Taco John’s in Havre is looking for an Assistant General Manager to add to the management team. Apply today at: 7-I

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

Help Wanted: Murphy’s Pub in Havre is hiring a full-time cook. Please fill out the generic application from the Havre Job Service and drop it off at the restaurant to apply. 7-I

Help Wanted: Schwan’s warehouse in Havre is hiring! Great benefits, competitive wages, awesome opportunities. Apply online at and for details email Jenn at 7-I

Thank You: Stockman Bar and Grill would like to offer a free meal to each and every law enforcement officer in the Malta community and one guest (this includes local, state and federal)  from now through the end of July. Please stop in and just show this ad to one of our servers and we would be happy to take care of you. Thanks for all that you do!  7-I

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. 6-I:X

For Sale: Ford Super Duty Pickup 4WD Front Sway Bar Link & Bushing. Contact Shades Peterson via Facebook. 7-I

Help Wanted: 2020 Census Jobs still available: 7-I

Help Wanted:  New Horizons in Harlem is hiring for multiple positions.  Stop by 606 Central Ave. W. to apply.

Help Wanted: A Plus Health Care of Havre is now hiring caring individuals to help clients in immediate need in the following communities: Cut Bank, Ft. Belknap, Great Falls, Havre, Rudyard, Stanford, Sun River, and Valier. If you or someone you know are great candidates, go to 7-I

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