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Budgets are slim for rural schools all across Montana, and the smaller the school, typically the smaller the budget since so much of Montana’s education system is based on enrollment counts. For Turner High School, located just a few miles from the Canada-U.S. border north of Harlem, the story is no different. With only 73 students in grades K-12, Superintendent
Tony Warren is implementing other means of providing what the students need. The current line-up of weight-room equipment is either wearing out or lacking completely at THS, so Warren is running a GoFundMe campaign to fill the gap and provide better physical fitness opportunities for his students. The total project cost is $3,743.00 and campaign details can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tps-weight-room-fundraiser. The administration, trustees, and students are grateful for any and all support of this project.
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Until someone has been diagnosed with cancer and traveled the road to recovery for themselves or a loved one, most Montanans often don’t give the “C” word a second thought. When an abnormal breast exam in 2016 revealed the need for a biopsy and eventual treatment, one woman began her journey through the cancer recovery process and experienced first-hand the challenges of obtaining healthcare in rural Montana. Instead of growing hardened and hopeless, Tescha Ann Hawley of Fort Belknap woman combined her experience with social work, behavioral health, and now cancer to weave together the Day Eagle Hope Project, along with a board that includes other regional directors Hilary Handy, RN; Deborah Roudebush, RN; and Fawn Williamson, SA. The purpose of the project is to unite and support cancer survivors, caregivers, and family members affected.
Hawley has now recovered and joins forces with other volunteers and like-minded individuals, area businesses and agencies to develop the project, a non-profit with a mission to serve the immediate needs of cancer patients and families through food donations and transportation assistance. The organization harbors a longer-term goal of building a local facility that may provide cancer education, healthy meals, counseling, and on-site and tele-health oncology services. The Day Eagle Hope Project also offers an equine therapy program that serves not only cancer patients, but area at-risk youth.
An outreach event is scheduled in the form of a Harlem/Fort Belknap drive-through Community Feed on Friday, September 11th at the parking lot of the Milk River Community Center (formerly the VFW) in Harlem. Day Eagle Hope Project will be processing three hogs for a pork dinner to include coleslaw, a fresh bun, corn-on-the-cob, dessert, water, and chips. Meals will be FREE to anyone, but there will be a limit of 350 meals served. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at 1 o’clock p.m. to start preparing the food, and meals will begin serving at 4 p.m.. Additional volunteer help is requested for clean-up and tear-down. For more information, Hawley may be contacted at 399-1577. More information can be found about the Day Eagle Hope Project at www.dayeagle.org.
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Sept 3: 7 pm: Volunteer Meeting for Bear Paw Ski Bowl volunteers. Visit the Bear Paw Ski Bowl and Bear Paw Ski Bowl volunteers Facebook pages or call 395-4040 for more information. More meetings and lots to do in the coming weeks!
Sept 4-6: Saco Fun Days 57th Annual Event to Celebrate Our Rural Way of Life. Check out the Saco Fun Days 2020 Events page on Facebook or call the Saco Chamber of Commerce at 527-3312.
Sept 6: Malta, MT – Milk River Hustle-N-Malta men/women team barrel races, and WYLDMAN rodeo. More details to come.
Sept 5-7: Hi-Line Drag Strip has events. Call Dan Stout for more information at 949-6511.
Sept 8: 5 p.m.: Public Comment period will CLOSE for grant applications for Snowmobile Trail Grooming funds for the 2020-2021 winter season. To comment online visit: stateparks.mt.gov and click on “Public Notices” or by email at email@example.com. Comments may be sent by mail to Montana State Parks, Snowmobile Program, 1420 East 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. For more information about the Montana Snowmobile Program contact Seth McArthur, Montana Snowmobile Program Manager at 406-444-3753.
Sept 10: Walleyes Meeting in Malta. Call Pete for information at 654-7798 Walleyes of Malta is hosting a new Membership Drive! Call Pete at 654-7798 to get involved with one of the best kept secrets to help out others along the hi-line…New members welcome! Call Pete at 654-7798 to get involved.
Sept 13: Havre Chamber 2020 Festival Days Business Decorating Contest. In leiu of parade floats, area businesses are encouraged to participate in the Havre Festival Days Business Decorating Contest. Contact the Havre Chamber for details at 265-4383 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their offices are open from 9am-4pm Mon through Fri to answer questions in person, too.
Oct 3: At 6 amMilk River Brew and Q with a Fun Run at Milk River Pavilion in Malta. See the Trafton Park Arena Committee Event Page on Facebook for information.
Oct 10: North 40 Bar and Cafe: Ryan’s Memorial Dart Tournament. More information to follow!
Oct 30: Tues. 8:30 a.m.: Rise and Restore Small Business Summit at Sidney. Registration available at bit.ly/riserestore with “Early Bird” registration for only $35 before October 1st. Need more details? Visit the Rise and Restore Small Business Summit Event Page on Facebook.
Nov 7: 10a-4p: 2020 Historical Society/Museum Specialty Fair at Phillips County Museum & H.G. Robinson House along Highway 2 in Malta. Sports are available for $20 (no table) & $30 (with a table). You must pay beforehand to be guaranteed a spot & vendors are asked to stay at the event until 4 p.m. For more information, call 654-1037 or stop by the museum today!
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.
Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO
Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses
We use key performance indicators to assess the health of a business. Some evaluate economic and financial health. Others measure labor productivity. Still others measure the health of the ecosystem. Last week I added a new key performance indicator for measuring business success to my list.
I spent an evening with Craig and Connie French after a 2-day workshop I led in Malta, Montana. Craig and Connie took the Ranching For Profit School in 2016 and participated in Executive Link for a couple of years. Craig gave me a quick tour of the ranch and talked enthusiastically about some of the results they’ve seen since attending the school. Among other things, using cell grazing led to an 80% increase in the stocking rate. Craig attributed some of that to better utilization and the rest to increasing the carrying capacity. Connie added, “That’s been like getting a new ranch for free.” There are still some challenges with water quality and distribution, but Craig seemed confident that they could lick those problems without too much trouble.
Over dinner that night, as I summarized the results Craig had shared with me earlier, Connie added, “And he’s whistling again.” She explained that, while trailing some heifers home from Craig’s folks place, he started whistling. With tears in her eyes, she said “I hadn’t heard him do that in years.”
Whistling may not be a conventional business metric, but I can’t imagine a more meaningful measure of success.
– Dave Pratt
The landowners of Cow Creek Reservoir, located approximately 20 miles southwest of Cleveland in Blaine County, have requested that the reservoir be temporarily closed to public access due to a fish kill and the potential presence of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the Sand Creek Ranch have managed Cow Creek Reservoir for public access for several years.
An FWP warden reported the fish kill on Aug. 12, and Havre fisheries staff investigated. Dead fish, including yellow perch, walleye and channel catfish, were seen throughout the reservoir with the highest concentrations occurring on the upper end of the reservoir. Tests were also taken for dissolved oxygen, temperature and the presence of algal toxins.
FWP personnel will continue testing live fish to determine the cause of the fish kill. In addition, monitoring for HABs will continue. Sand Creek Ranch has requested the reservoir be closed to protect public safety.
In April 2019 Bonnie Weber put out a call-to-arms, so to speak, asking for volunteers to save the P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Chinook. For many Blaine County residents, the information was important, but they didn’t know exactly how to begin to help. Ed and Alissa Hewitt, however, stepped up and asked, “What do you need?” The Hewitts’ labor of love story begins there.
P.A.W.S., which is short for Pets Are Worth Saving, was formed over two decades ago to serve Chinook, across Blaine County, and into the Havre area. After their first invitation to a board meeting in 2019, the Hewitts decided that their time to reach a 21st-century audience in support of the PAWS mission of PAWS was now, and their work soon began.
With the PAWS board’s blessings, the Hewitts began the work of cleaning up the existing shelter and property with a Community Cleanup event to help remind folks that PAWS is still here.
In the past year, PAWS has placed 100% of their adopted animals into pet-loving homes after a rigorous screening background and PAWS- based transitional pet acclimation methods that include socialization, training skills, and other services to make sure the match is right for future pet owners. These services include microchipping, sterilization, de-worming, in addition to training sessions with Kailey Kleinjan, owner of Hiline Canine dog training service.
In fact, the addition of Kleinjan to the PAWS team has enabled the organization to promote Trainer Tuesdays, which is now a Facebook LIVE feature where area pet owners and animal lovers post questions for Kailey to answer through demonstrations with some of PAWS’ most important members: their adoptable, lovable pets! Questions can be shared through the PAWS of Chinook Facebook page or by calling 357- 3316.
Maybe there’s a pet-owner that is struggling to find a way to pay for sterilization procedures or vaccinations; these folks are also encouraged to contact PAWS because it is more than a shelter for abandoned pets.
In fact, PAWS works with three area veterinarians to schedule and offset the cost of spaying and neutering procedures for pet owners year-round. PAWS invites pet owners who have a need to have their animal sterilized to contact them now because overpopulation of unwanted pets is an ongoing challenge.
Anyone interested in adopting a new pet or volunteering to help support the PAWS mission may contact Ed or Alissa at 357-3316. Like Alissa says, anyone can benefit from spending time “just sitting in the shelter…it’s impossible to be upset about what is going on when you spend time with” the amazing, lovable pets at PAWS.
The Press Coffeehouse and Restaurant has been a welcome addition to the fine eateries in Havre, and many Hi-line travelers take advantage of their convenient drive-thru service that opens right with the lobby at 7 a.m. sharp. “The Press” signature drink that shares its establishment’s namesake or a host of other gourmet coffees, teas, and blended beverages can be paired with items from a full food menu that includes one-of-a-kind sandwiches, breakfast platters, and other mouth- watering choices for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or supper. An even healthier bonus is a three-flavor kombucha tap.
The dream of owners Keith and Loretta Eldridge, The Press has been a labor of love since they first acquired it from Carla Steckel located in the Holiday Village Mall, which they then relocated to the front retail space of their other business, Fivehead’s. As the popularity of the establishment grew, the need for a drive-through service became apparent. So they made a call to the real estate agent about the building across the street, and things “just worked,” according to Keith. Once the old Arctic Circle building was purchased, lots of work was needed to open the doors including remodeling restrooms to make them ADA compliant, replacing grills and hoods, and other contract labor that came together in “God’s timing.”
“God’s timing” continues to be right in other ways. The Faith-based business model from the bookstore and coffeehouse days of the original business carried over to its current location. In fact, it can be said that Christian values actually come before the coffee in this establishment. With inspirational music, open conversations about Christ, and dedication to Christian values, the atmosphere from the original bookstore continues to invite, inspire, and encourage customers and staff to put God first.
Keith knows that some people aren’t into being a Christian, and that’s okay. Anyone is welcome to come to enjoy a nice meal or take away a caffeine pick-me-up while decompressing from the worries of the day, even for only a moment.
Enjoying Everyday Life
Having an “attitude of gratitude” is vitally important in cultivating a healthy mindset in everyday life. I like to purposely take time to count my blessings and think about the goodness of God in my life. In fact, I keep a book of remembrance of special things God has done for me over the years to remind me of His goodness.
It’s easy sometimes to forget about all of the good things God has done for us, and this becomes a problem when we focus too much on what we don’t have and not enough on what we do have. Living with this negative mindset is dangerous because it leads us down the road of grumbling, complaining and fault-finding.
A good example of this is the story of the Israelites and their 40 years journeying through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land God had for them. Now, it could have been an 11-day journey, but it took much longer because of their unhealthy mindsets.
God had done so many good things for them, such as delivering them from slavery in Egypt and miraculously parting the Red Sea so they could escape Pharaoh’s army. But they didn’t focus on what they should be thankful for, and when things were not going the way they wanted, they quickly became impatient and murmured and complained. (See Exodus chapters 14-16.)
Overcoming the Temptation to Complain
It’s so easy to complain when our circumstances aren’t exactly what we want them to be—it’s what comes naturally if we don’t pay attention to what we’re thinking about. There are things that happen every day that we can murmur about, but they really aren’t worth the effort it takes to get upset and gripe about them.
We need to diligently resist the temptation to be negative because it can damage our relationship with God, our relationships with other people, and even our relationship with ourselves.
Philippians 2:14 (AMPC) clearly tells us, “Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves].”
Whenever you’re tempted to complain, just think how much better it would be to remain thankful and say, “God, I remember the good things You’ve done for me and I’m thankful for the breakthrough that I know is on the way.” It’s that mindset and attitude that will keep you moving forward, toward the good things God has in store.
Set Your Mind and Keep It Set
Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV) says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
These verses direct us to get our mind on what is really important, rather than wasting our time thinking about things we can’t control or that don’t really matter. I firmly believe in setting my mind and keeping it set on God and His plan for my life every day.
Interrupt Wrong Thinking
It takes time and practice to develop a habit of right thinking. One of the ways I’ve found to interrupt wrong thinking and set my mind in the right direction is by saying something that the Bible says.
Many years ago, I was extremely negative. It seemed that if I thought two positive thoughts in a row, my mind would get in a cramp! But as I spent time in God’s Word, my mindset began to change, and instead of focusing on the negative, I found myself focusing on more positive things, like the promises God had for me.
When you spend time studying the Word, renewing your mind with the Truth, you can have a more peaceful, joyful and positive life. As this new way of thinking gradually renews your mind, it will dilute the old thinking and transform your mindset and attitudes.
I want to encourage you to begin developing this habit of right thinking. Start your day by asking for God’s help. Even if you only have a few minutes, take some time each day to renew your mind with truth in His Word.
Psalm 100:4 (NIV) says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” So make it your goal each day to have an attitude of gratitude. Praise and thank God for who He is and all He’s done for you. By God’s grace, you can overcome complaining and live with a thankful 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 www.joycemeyer.org.
Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Unshakeable Trust: Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org Please note: The views and opinions expressed throughout this publication and/or website are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Joyce Meyer Ministries.
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
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Daily Monday through Friday: Chinook Senior Center has lunch meals available for pick up. $5 for seniors, $6 for others. Cinnamon rolls and other treats available by ordering in advance. Call to find out more or place an order today: 357-2648. 6-I:X
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Help Wanted: There is an opening for an Account Manager with Crystal Stepper- State Farm Agent. Visit the company website for information at https://www.steppersf.com 8-II
Help Wanted: Domino’s Pizza is hiring delvery drivers. There are other positions available, too. Stop by their store at 501 1st Street in Havre to pick up an application or apply online at https://jobs.dominos.com/dominos-careers/ 8-II
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
Northern Acres Appraisal Service: Know what it’s worth! Call or email Ernest Goettlich, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser at 942-0419 or email email@example.com. 8-II
For Sale: Savage 6.5 Creedmoor w/ scope, $401.99. Bergara .300 Win. mag. w/ scope, $688.99. Ruger .41 mag. Blackhawk revolver, new model, single action, new-in-box, $634.99. Call 406-403-1804. 8-II:10-I
Help Wanted: Liberty Medical Center is looking for someone to screen at the entrances of the facility. Call Bev Halter for more information and to apply at 759-5181. 8-II
Help Wanted: Hi-Line Retirement Center is now accepting applications for a dietary aide. Call 654-1190 to apply. 8-II
Help Wanted: HRDC in Havre has several positions available. Check out all their great jobs at https://hrdc4.org/about/careers-opportunities today! 8-II
Help Wanted: Harlem High School has several substitute openings for bus drivers, custodians, and teachers. Anyone who applies before August 31st will have their fees for background check and fingerprints paid for by the school. Call 353-2289 to apply. 8-II
Help Wanted: American Garage in Chinook is looking for a goal-oriented individual to be an assistant Service Advisor. Pay starts at $12/hour. For job description and to apply, check out the American Garage LLC Facebook page or call Heather at 357-4201. 8-II
Help Wanted: Angel Care in Havre is looking to place caregivers with clients in Blaine, Hill, and Liberty Counties. These positions are flexible and rewarding. Visit their Facebook page to send them a message or apply online. 8-II
Wanted: To lease farm ground around Harlem and surrounding area. Call or text 406-698-3707 8-II
Help Wanted: Northern Home Essentials in Havre is NOW HIRING! Join their team today as a Sales Associate or Delivery Team Member. Competitive wages, flexible schedules, fantastic work environment are all part of working for this great company. Stop by the store for an application and to apply! 9-I
Help Wanted: Agland East C-Store in Wolf Point is hiring Full-time and Part-time positions. Apply or pick up an application at the store. 9-I
Help Wanted: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has short-term opportunities at various positions to work on the 2021 study of U.S. Education. Job assignments begin in late 2020 and last until March 2021. Want to find out more? Visit http://www.WorkNAEP.com and provide your name and email. For more information about West at, visit www.westat.com 9-I
Help Wanted: Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line in Havre is hiring today! Call 265-6206 to apply. $11.25, positive work environment, no weekends! 9-I
Help Wanted: Bear Paw Meats Store in Chinook is hiring an entry-level employee. On the job training available! Great business, great wages! Stop in the store today to apply. 9-I
Help Wanted: Art’s Furniture in Malta is looking for 1 delivery person for 2 or 3 hours in the late afternoon Monday thru Friday. Stop in for an application today! 9-I
Help Wanted: Blaine County Sheriff’s Department has an opening for a Dispatcher and an opening for an Administrative Officer. Applications and job descriptions are available on the 3rd floor of the Blaine County Courthouse and by going to www.blainecounty-mt.gov Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. On Monday, September 14, 2020. 9-I
Help Wanted: Salvation Army in Havre is looking for a part-time cashier. Stop in the store for application. 9-I
For Sale: 1274 BOULEVARD HAVRE, MT. 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 $179,000. Call Becky at Property West, 406-262-3035. 9-I
Hay For Sale: All varieties round/square bales. Trucking available. Located in Northeast Montana. Call 670-6551 or 672-8834 or 794-4452. 9-I
For Sale: Mini Rex Rabbits. 2 black females and 1 black male. They are out of show parents (one broken black doe and black otter buck) They are great for show or as pets! Incredibly soft and very sweet! They are currently 10 weeks old. Please contact Grace Buck at 399-2993 or 257-2599. 9-I
For Sale: 2001 GMC Yukon with 200,000 miles, and 5.3 motor! Clean and clear title, notarized and ready to go. Runs and drives great! Gets decent gas mileage 15 city / 20 Highway, 4×4 works great! Powered windows, powered locks, cloth interior, no rips, no tears, and no stains! Has new coil packs, new spark plugs, new brakes and rotors, and fairly new great tires! The transmission has been serviced, fresh oil change. Maintained and kept up on! Does need a windshield, and the rear driver side door needs a new motor for the window. Other than that it is a great running and very reliable car! If you have any further questions please message Brandy Harkins via Facebook. Asking $3,200 no holds, first come first serve, CASH ONLY. 9-I
For Sale: 2010 For Fusion SE Sedan 4D. Excellent running and driving car. New tires and battery. Selling because it doesn’t get driven anymore. Asking $3,500. Located in Havre. 9-I
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