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Quarantine Guidelines Eased to Open Businesses Across the State

Governor Bullock announced the end of April that phase one of his re-opening plan is being put into action with no set expiration date. On Sunday, April 26th, churches were permitted to open their doors to congregations who can safely implement social distancing guidelines. On Monday, other businesses were allowed to re-open or plan to re-open with guidelines to limit the number of customers or patrons in one structure at a time and follow social distancing guidelines.

A large number of eateries and venues are also planning to open back up to celebrate the phase one implementation during the first week in May and invite loyal customers and new faces to their doorsteps. It is still advised to call ahead before customers make the drive to their favorite spot to shop or snack. The governor has not given a timeline for the three phases of planning to resume business in the Treasure State, but each phase will be closely monitored and decisions to suspend, slow down, or proceed with the re-opening will be data-driven and carefully decided upon before more public events and public places are more available.

Additionally, school districts have been given the authority to vote on whether to proceed with distance learning or have students return to the classroom.

The announcement to begin the re-opening phases comes after the decision for county elections to be by mail only. Registered voters are urged to check their mailboxes and don’t delay in completing and returning ballots so all votes are counted and a strong local voice is heard.

Future in Focus – RCAN Gives Back to Hi-Line Seniors

The Rural Communities & Agricultural Neighbors (RCAN) group based out of Malta announced an online application for their Future in Focus: Senior Edition program to support graduating seniors across the Hi-Line. The process comes from the creative problem-solving efforts of President Katie Baker and her team to acknowledge top performing graduates during the COVID-19 situation that is causing many commencement ceremonies to be canceled or postponed.

The application process includes 10 photos and a short video clip of nominees at their best in agriculture, and nominations are not exclusive to Phillips County residents. At this time, the winner will receive $150 dollars in gift certificates from their local community businesses – a sweetprize for a lucky high school senior!

To learn more about this contest or other great things RCAN has in store, contact Katie Baker ( or Jolynn Messerly ( on the group’s Facebook page or by e-mail.

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Montana FFA Says Thank You

Last week, several virtual competitions were held to help support the youth of FFA across the state. The Montana FFA extends a “Big Old Fashioned Thank You” across Big Sky Country to the volunteer judges. Events included virtual Career Development Events (CDE) and Leadership Development Events (LDE).

The remaining events have not yet been scheduled due to social distancing guidelines, but will be postponed to a later date. The Montana FFA website ( or local chapters can offer guidance on how to become part of this outstanding pro-ag, pro-youth, and pro- Montana organization.

Local Company Celebrates Four Years in Business

Based in Havre, Northern Lights Roofing & Consulting, LLC, is preparing to celebrate its four-year anniversary this month. The business has been actively serving both commercial and industrial clients across the Hi-Line and across the state since May of 2016 and the future keeps looking bright for this outstanding team led by CEO Kevin Hoversland, who is originally from Wolf Point. Hoversland has a wide range of experience and a team that can get the job done right and keep a business structurally sound, up to code, and improve energy efficiency.

The Northern Lights Roofing & Consulting, LLC, got its start out of the back of a pickup in the spring of 2016. In early 2017, the small business evolved to become a private company that successfully expanded to the needs of more customers. The company also trains apprentices to meet the future need for local contractors across the region.

Kevin is also a business consultant and works to promote his professional network and support others through the Northern Lights Roofing & Consulting, LLC business page on FaceBook. The page’s followers also receive updates on great giveaways from the company.

Northern Lights Roofing & Consulting, LLC may be contacted at 399-0276 or by e-mail ( to find out what else besides roofs his team covers!

BONUS material from Dallas Mount, Ranch Management Consultants

“You just can’t find anyone willing to work anymore.” I hear this quite often from ranches struggling to find and retain quality employees. When we look deeper into the situation it is often no surprise, as we expect our ranch employees to give long hours in sometimes difficult conditions with mediocre compensation.

In the Ranching for Profit School we emphasize that we don’t hire employees to work. We hire them to produce results. Work is only the vehicle through which those results are produced. Then, why do we focus so heavily on the work? We need to shift our focus to results and allow employees to help determine how to produce those results.

Daniel Pink, in his book Drive describes three things that are keys to getting the best out of a workforce when we want more than just manual labor.

Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

Autonomy – the ability to be self-directed.

Boss 1: “Feed the cows 5 bales a day by 10 AM. This group gets two and each of these other groups get one. Don’t break anything. See you in the spring.”

Boss 2: “We think the cows need to be in a body condition 5 at the beginning of the calving season. Can you develop a nutrition plan that will meet our budget, have contingencies for weather events, and have the cows in the target condition at calving? Here are some resources to help you do that. Here is what we have done in the past. I’d like to review the plan with you, then, when we have agreed on a plan, you have the authority to implement it.”

Which boss would you rather work for? Which boss is going to complain that “you just can’t find good help!”

Mastery – the ability to develop our skills in challenging tasks. We all enjoy learning to excel in something that we care about. Maybe it is stockmanship skills, grazing skills, or creating innovative tools for getting things done. The best employers encourage and support their people in developing themselves.

Purpose – being part of creating something we care about. I get to work with some amazing people, from our staff to the instructors and facilitators that deliver our programs. I realize that they don’t work for me, they work for our mission. If our instructors and facilitators didn’t believe in what we are doing, they wouldn’t leave their families and travel across the country several times a year to be a part of this. Stan Parsons said “You can buy a person’s hands, but you can’t buy their head and their heart. Their head is where their creativity lies, and their heart is where their loyalty lies.”

If you want to keep and retain quality employees develop your culture to allow autonomy in how results are produced, encourage mastery in the craft, and create a purpose beyond profit that your employees can be a part of.

Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses

Is Tagging Calves a Good Idea?

We need to constantly challenge the management practices we do on the ranch, to make sure they still make sense. As business management guru Edwards Demming (who lived in Powell, WY) said, “It is not necessary to change, survival is not mandatory.”

Since calving season is in full swing across most of cow country, I thought I’d challenge the common belief that we must tag our calves to be good managers. Sure, there are reasons why tagging calves makes sense. But it does come at a cost in labor, stress to animals and risk to the people. I’m not telling you not to tag, but rather challenging you to evaluate the practice.

I will start by relating an experience I had recently. I was facilitating a family ranch business meeting, there were some extremely important things that needed to be done to keep this large family business on track. Those involved had correctly identified these major issues that needed to be completed in the next few months. I asked what the value of getting these things done for the ranch business was. One member suggested $500,000 another said it could be $1,000,000; either way there was significant value at play. I sensed some apprehension by the family members that the things they identified would actually get done. I asked, “What is going to get in the way of making this happen?”. They said they were headed into an extremely busy time for the ranch. Calving, moving heavies, checking cows, tagging calves, etc. would consume them for the next 2-3 months.

Then I inquired, “What would happen if you didn’t check a single cow, and didn’t tag a single calf? Would they all die? How many might you save by being there? What would be the economic cost to the business, of not doing these things that are distracting you from doing what you identified as extremely high value tasks?” Of course, not all the calves would die, and the cows don’t need ear tags in the calves to know which calf is theirs. Sure, there might be a few calves lost due to our lack of attention, but I think we tend to overestimate our ability to save calves at calving. Sometimes our involvement just screws stuff up. This becomes even more true if calves are born in warmer weather.

The point of this is not that you shouldn’t tag your calves, or that you shouldn’t check your cows at calving but rather that you need to challenge yourself to make sure you are spending your time doing the highest value tasks for your business. As Steven Covey points out in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it is easy to be so busy doing the urgent tasks, that the important tasks go undone.

Are there important tasks that are going undone in your business because you are so busy with the urgent? I recommend completing your economic plan for 2020, as that is an important task that should have been taken care of by now. What is your expected economic profit for this coming year? I bet most of your neighbors are too busy checking cows and tagging calves to bother putting together an economic plan for 2020. Don’t be like your neighbors. Don’t be so busy with the urgent, that the important gets neglected.

-Ranching For Profit – April 22nd, 2020 by Dallas Mount

Visitation at Montana State Parks, FASs Sees Increase During COVID-19

In any year, keeping state parks across Montana open takes an all-hands-on-deck approach. But 2020 is proving to be a particular challenge given increased visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Montanans are seeking outdoor adventures close to home, and state parks provide a great destination.

“We understand that our parks and trails play a critical role in how people deal with the stress and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought,” said Montana State Parks Administrator Beth Shumate. “Keeping our parks open for all Montanans is a priority as our sites provide invaluable mental and physical health benefits.”

Visitation at Montana State Parks has increased through March and April, with some parks seeing summer level crowds on the weekends. According to estimates reported across the state park system, overall visitation this March increased by more than 60 percent compared with March of last year. A total of 151,911 individuals were estimated to have visited a state park this past March, compared with 94,648 and 94,657 visitors in March 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Month-to-month comparisons also show an increase. There were 82 percent more visitors to state parks in March than in February. An estimated 20 state park units saw visitation increasing by 100 percent or more. These include parks close to larger urban areas such as Lake Elmo, Pictograph Cave, Travelers’ Rest, Whitefish Lake, Flathead Lake, Frenchtown Pond, Madison Buffalo Jump, Giant Springs and Missouri Headwaters.

Though visitation numbers at FWP’s 338 fishing access sites across the state are not available, anecdotal evidence certainly suggests visitation is up at these sites as well. Higher than normal user rates for this time of year have been observed at many sites spanning all corners of the state, especially near urban centers.

“Our FAS system is such an amazing resource for Montanans, and it’s obvious they’re enjoying them in increasing numbers this spring,” said FWP Fisheries Division Administrator Eileen Ryce.

With warmer weather on the horizon and campgrounds opening today, the demand isn’t expected to diminish in the near future. Visitors to Fishing Access Sites and State Parks should remember to practice social distancing and leave-no-trace principles, including packing out all trash.

With the exception of the parks listed below, which will remain closed until further notice due to staffing and social distancing concerns, Montana State Parks and fishing access sites are open for use, including overnight camping at those sites where this is normally allowed. Many of Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas will be opening May 15. However, visitors should keep in mind that many amenities that they are accustomed to will not be available. This includes visitor centers, playgrounds, park offices, public restrooms with flush toilets and public water systems. Vault latrines, fishing piers and boat ramps will all be available.

Closed until further notice: Lost Creek State Park, Brush Lake State Park, Bannack State Park, Camp Baker is closed to overnight camping. Floaters with a Smith River permit must be prepared to launch when they arrive.


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

June 13: Zurich All Class Reunion scheduled.

HiSET Testing at Fort Belknap: May 15, June 19, July 10, and August 21. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

HiSET Testing at Havre: May 5th and 19th, June 9th and 23rd, July 14th and 28th, and August 11th and 25th. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

FFA Montana is looking for volunteers to help with the FFA State Conference that will be rescheduled from March. Visit their website for information on how you can pitch in to help with events and other great resources for students:

Real Estate Section

Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

The Key to Having a Perfect Heart

Your heart is the most important part of you. It’s not only a physical organ that keeps your blood pumping, but when the Bible refers to the heart, it’s talking about who you really are. Each person has an inner and an outer life. There’s the person we show to everybody around us and the part of us that only God can see, the part He really cares about.

The Bible tells us to have a perfect heart. Matthew 5:48 (NIV) says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” If you’re a perfectionist, this is a scary verse, because it’s a struggle to always try to be perfect. But this is not what it means to be perfect, according to Scripture.

The Amplified Bible translation of Matthew 5:48 says, “…Be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.” A person with a perfect heart is someone who loves God and always wants to grow.

What God Is Really Looking For

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” This verse doesn’t say that God can just work through those who are perfect but through those who are “fully committed to him.”

Just as we don’t have to make ourselves perfect before we come to Christ (which we couldn’t do anyway), we don’t need to behave perfectly in every area of our life before God will work in us and through us. When I first started teaching a home Bible study years ago, I wore short shorts and smoked while I taught the Word, sitting on my living room floor.

I had a lot of growing to do, but I really loved God and wanted to please Him. He met me right where I was and worked with me to get me where I needed to be. There’s always room to grow in my walk with Christ, and I’m so thankful that God keeps working in me and through me on every level of my journey, every day of my life.

How Committed Are You?

A person with a perfect heart is someone who loves God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and who is fully committed to Him. The question is: What areas of your life have you been holding back from God? Have you been giving Him your time, praying and studying the Word? Do you give of yourself to others, helping to meet their needs as you’re able? Are you managing your finances the way God wants you to, living within your means, saving, spending and giving as He puts it on your heart to do so?

It’s important to remember that whatever God asks us to do, it’s always for our good. Initially, it may feel sacrificial, giving up things we like or want. But as we obey God, we find later on that there was so much more we didn’t even know about, and what God wanted was much better for us in the long run.

More than anything else, the Bible says God wants us to love Him (Luke 10:27), and love sacrifices and obeys. The more we love Jesus, the easier it is to obey and trust Him. Because when you really love someone, you want to please them and make them happy. What makes God happy is helping you do anything that will give you a better life.

Have a Meeting with Yourself

In Mark 7:15, Jesus says, “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them. This verse makes it clear that it’s what comes out of a person’s heart that really matters.

We all need to have a meeting with ourselves once in a while to examine what’s really in our hearts. It’s easy to smile and act like we’re good on the outside, while on the inside, it’s a different story. I remember times when I was in church, singing “I Surrender All” with my hands in the air, and thinking, “If Dave thinks I’m cooking something for him today, he’s got another thing coming.” It’s possible to appear to be doing one thing while your heart is somewhere else.

My goal with this message is to help you make a committed decision to love God with all of your heart, and to fall in love with Him more and more every day. As you do, you’ll discover how it’s the key to having a heart that’s more like His…a perfect heart.


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.

2020 SuperTag Chances are on Sale Now

Montana’s SuperTag chances for the hunt of a lifetime are on sale.

Hunters can win the SuperTag drawing by purchasing one or more $5 SuperTag chances for the fall 2020 hunting season.

Eight SuperTag hunt licenses are offered—moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison. Winners may hunt any district open to the species for which they won a tag.

SuperTags are available at all FWP offices, license providers, or online at using FWP’s online licensing service. A 2020 conservation license is needed to purchase a SuperTag. For more information visit the SuperTag page on FWP’s website.

Proceeds from SuperTag sales go to enhance hunting access and enforcement.



Help Wanted:  Liberty Medical Center has immediate openings for dietary staff, housekeeping, and laundry departments. Call 759-5194 to ask Beth for details or apply on-line     4-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 ht t p:// bigsky pipeandsupply. com/html/      7-I:X

Fort Belknap Indian Community Job Announcements closing April 16, 2020. Contact the FBIC Human Resources Offices for Job Descriptions: Chief of Police, Grant/Contract Specialist (Finance), Occupancy Technician (Tax Credit), Claims Processing Clerk (Tribal Health), Chief Administrative Officer (FBIC), Chief Judge (Tribal Courts), Family Intervention Specialist (Social Services), Receptionist (Transportation Dept.), Project Manager (Child Support), Enrollment Clerk (Enrollment), Chief Financial Officer (FBIC)      4-II

Help Wanted:  CHS in Malta and Havre are seeking full-time Truck Drivers. Other positions are available in these areas and other CHS facilities. These are exciting opportunities to deliver a variety of agricultural products and be part of a great pro-with competitive benefits. To apply: visit CHSBIGSKY.COM     4-II

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 ht t p:// bigsky pipeandsupply. com/html/      7-I:X

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

HOLA! For Sale: sage, sweet grass, kinnickinnick, bearroot, bitter root, ceremonial tobacco, copal, brain tan smoked buckskin, blankets and scarves. BIG SKY IMAGES & COLLECTIBLES Havre Holiday Village Mall 406-399-6522                 5-I

For Sale:  1274 BOULEVARD, Havre. This great home has nice big kitchen and 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Double car attached garage with a heated and air conditioned work shop attached to it.. Fenced yard, 2 garden sheds. New patio. Price Reduced $189,000. Call Property West at 406-262-3035.     4-II

For Sale: 1949 International Farm-All row cropper, Super C.  Ran when parked 5 years ago.  New pistons and sleeves.  $600.  Malta, MT  406-697-2585..     5-I

Help Wanted:  Hi-Line Retirement Center looking to hire CNAs, RNs or LPNs.  If you want to come up  and do a couple shifts a week, we can provide housing also. Full time are eligible for bonuses. Pay is great for rural Montana.  Call Millissa Riggin at 406-461-2737.     5-I

For Sale:  1986 GMC Sierra Classic 1500. 2 WD. Little to no rust. Great truck.  Call 406-210-8458 for pictures or more information.    5-I

For Sale: 8 foot weathered slab boards from old windbreak.  Approximately 70. Asking $2 per board.  Malta, MT. Call 406-697-2585.     5-I

?Did you know? YOU CAN GET YOUR KNIVES & SCISSORS SHARPENED at BIG SKY IMAGES & COLLECTIBLES in Havre Holiday Village Mall, Will sharpen while you shop, Very affordable 406-399-6522                   5-I

For Sale: 1221 5TH ST Havre, MT. Don’t let this home slip by. Its turnkey,  ready to move in and unpack. Quiet area of town. 3 bedrooms plus 1 non-egress, 2 bath, double garage and a great space in backyard  for summer get togethers.  Call Property West 406-262-3035.     5-I

For Sale:  Lean hamburger.  800# available in 2 lb. packages.  $3/  lb.  Call 357-3615.          5-I

HOLY COW!  Big Sky Images & Collectibles has America’s largest  retail displays  of Ruana & USA Made Old  Timer & Uncle Henry Knives.  Havre Holiday Village  Mall.  406-399-6522         5-I

For Rent:  2 bedroom house for rent in Chinook. No pets.  Call 357-3366 or 390-4874.     5-I

For Sale: 1949 International Farm-All row cropper, Super C.  Ran when parked 5 years ago.  New pistons and sleeves.  $600.  Malta, MT  406-697-2585.     5-I

FOR SALE:  New Mint State Silver Dollar & Morgan Silver Dollars!  BIG SKY IMAGES & COLLECTIBLES Havre Holiday Village Mall 406-399-62-522.     5-I

Malta Opportunities is looking for a Group Home worker for either part or full-time work. Their facility is open 24/7, so there my be flexible shifts available for the right person. Interested? Call between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 654-2582 to learn more.      5-I

For Sale:  600 Ton Alfalfa Grass Mix, Net Wrapped Round Bales, 1600 lb Bales, Good Clean – No Rain.  Montana Hay Company.  Trucking available & we custom haul. Call 670-6551 or 672-7558.     2-I:5-I

Liberty Medical Center in Chester has an immediate opening for Director of Outpatient Services. For job description and application go online to or contact Bev at 759-6514.    5-I

Havre Farm Service Agency is advertising a Federal- County Executive Director position. To find out about job requirements and apply on-line, visit        5-I

BIG SKY IMAGES & COLLECTIBLES at Havre Holiday Village Mall is open from 11am to 6pm for BACK DOOR pick-up of essential medicinal, spiritual, and ceremonial items, such as, Sweet Grass, Sage, Cedar, Bitter Root, and Bear-root. Please call in advance 406-399-6522 or 406-788-7210.                 5-I

Northern Montana Healthcare has a variety of positions open immediately! They are also looking for volunteers! CNAs, LPNs, Housekeeping, and other great jobs are available today. Apply on-line at to find out about job descriptions and complete your application today.     5-I

CARQUEST in Malta is looking for a delivery driver. Stop in the store, call (654-2321), or go on-line to apply at    5-I

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