KLTZ/MIX-93 Local News Archive
November, 2001

Big Game Hunting Season Closes for 2001 (11/29/01)

Chamber Touts Local Services For New Building (11/29/01)

McGrathWants Better Security; Says Known Terrorist Entered Montana (11/27/01)

Survey Next Month Will Gauge Ferret Success (11/27/01)

Car Thief Arrested (11/27/01)

Third Annual Remembrance Tree Project Underway (11/27/01)

Chamber Merchants Provide Free Matinee Saturday (11/26/01)

Chamber And Other Businesses Change Locations (11/26/01)

Santa Brings Snow To Town (11/24/01)

City Still Waiting For Reimbursements (11/201)

Residents Reminded To Remove Vehicles (11/22/01)

Crash Victims Identified (11/22/01)

Two Hinsdale Residents Killed In Pickup Crash (11/21/01)

Gun Group Sues Over Shooting Restrictions Intended To Protect Ferrets (11/21/01)

Zeller Longest Current-Serving Mayor (11/20/01)

City-County Looking To Share Judge (11/20/01)

Disabled Hunters Successful (11/19/01)

Montana Fish, Wildlife And Parks Seeking Historic Wildlife Information (11/19/01)

Chamber Moves Into New Building (11/18/01)

Christmas Stroll Coming This Saturday (11/18/01)

Gaming Revenue Figures Released (11/18/01)

Glasgow School Board Adds Volleyball Coach (11/18/01)

Another Highway 2 Meeting In Havre (11/18/01)

Eastern Divison Wants To Realign Districts (11/18/01)

Former Wolf Point Coach, Referee Sentenced On Drug Charges (11/16/01)

Estimated $20,000 Raised For 911 Victims (11/16/01)

Valley County Fsa County Committee Election (11/16/01)

Football Co-op With Nashua To Be Discussed Tonight (11/14/01)

Final Missouri Meeting Held On Changes In River Flow (11/14/01)

Valley County Residents Encouraged To Use Tax Credit (11/13/01)

Police Department Close To Hiring Patrolman (11/13/01)

Boeing To Deactivate Runway (11/13/01)

Subsidy Database Released (11/12/01)

Hunters May Harvest Collared Animals (11/12/01)

A & S Industries Awarded Grant (11/12/01)

Changes Delay Fort Peck Fish Management Plan (11/12/01)

Law Enforcement Personell Changes (11/9/01)

Chamber Announces New Directors And Officers (11/8/01)

Kansas City, Missouri, Site Of Latest River Flow Change Hearing (11/8/01)

More Animals To Be Added To Fort Peck Wildlife Exhibit (11/8/01)

Election Results (11/7/01)

Elections Are Today (11/6/01)

Glasgow Man Remains In Valley County Jail (11/5/01)

Prevention Program Seeks 18 VISTA Recruits (11/2/01)

Glasgow Man Found Guilty Of Sex Assault, Computer Porn Charges (11/2/01)

Congress Passes Appropriations Bill (11/2/01)

Northeast Montana Projects Included In Energy & Water Bill (11/2/01)

November Obituaries

Big Game Hunting Season Closes for 2001 (11/30/01)

The 2001 big game hunting season closed Sunday, November 25th. Big game season for this year was warmer than average in Region 6, as well as all of Montana. The lack of snow cover and warmer weather resulted in a challenging year for most hunters. Snow cover was prevalent only the last weekend of big game season.

Hunter numbers for mule deer and elk were normal, with a below normal number of white-tailed deer hunters. The EHD outbreak limited the white-tailed deer effort and is the reason for the drop in number of hunters.

Harvest numbers for mule deer and elk were as expected, with normal numbers of successful hunters. White-tailed deer harvest was impacted by the EHD outbreak and harvest numbers are expected to be below average this year throughout the region.

Chamber Touts Local Services For New Building (11/29/01)

The following is a press release from the Glasgow Chamber, regarding the construction of the new Chamber building:

Sam Knodel is the owner of the new Glasgow area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture office. He is to be commended for his efforts of keeping everything in the building 100% Glasgow bought and built. That was his main objective when he approached this venture. The building went up in two months, including several nights and weekends. Everyone was fantastic about pitching in and doing a great job. Seifert Construction was the general contractor for the building. Leroy Siefert and Lynn Hinton did an outstanding job making sure the building was completed on time and that all the little details were taken care of. Kelly Fuhrman cleared the land and cut trees. Reihnardt Construction did all the cement work. Fossum's provided all the gravel and cement supplies and also helped with clearing the land. Myron Gartner did all the plumbing and heating. Aune Masonry did all the brickwork. Triple A Glass did the windows. Donn Haugen did the dry walling and painting. Holtan Electric took care of all the electrical needs. Supplies were purchased at Valley Builders and United Building Center. Nemont/Valley Telecommunications took care of the telephones. MDU took care of the gas lines. Montana Power did the underground electrical. TCI did the cable lines. Prewett Interiors installed the carpet and tile. Dennis Idler built the reception area and Lois Wesen did the signs for the Chamber.

McGrath Wants Better Security; Says Known Terrorist Entered Montana (11/27/01)

(AP) -- Attorney General Mike McGrath says a known terrorist crossed the Canadian border into Montana, before the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D-C.

McGrath says he'd like to have some of the 40 (b) billion dollars, earmarked in the federal homeland security bill, to boost security along Montana's 530-mile border with Canada. He also wants to update communications among Montana's law enforcement agencies, with a statewide radio system that lets the different agencies talk to each other.

McGrath says communication between agencies is key to security. He says his office was late in learning of a known terrorist who crossed the Montana-Canadian border, before the September 11th attacks. He says the man used false identification, and was long gone before his true identity became known. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Survey Next Month Will Gauge Ferret Success (11/27/01)

(AP) The 20 blackfooted ferrets released in north-central Montana apparently did all right -- at least for the first few nights -- but wildlife officials say a survey next month will be a better gauge.

The endangered ferret is one of the rarest mammals in North America. Twenty were released November 9th, at two prairie dog towns in southern Philips County, as part of a program to re-establish blackfooted ferrets in the wild.

Two spotlight surveys on the fourth and fifth nights after the release found eleven ferrets, six at one site and five at the other. Wildlife biologist John Grensten says he'll do a week-long survey, starting December 10th.

In addition to Montana, ferret reintroductions are occurring in Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota and Mexico. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Car Thief Arrested (11/27/01)

A suspect in the theft of at least 5 vehicles in Glasgow is on his way to the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

According to the Glasgow Police Department, the suspect is a 17 year old male from Frazer.

The suspect currently is incarcerated in Miles City and is being sent to the Montana State Prison for parole violations. He previously had been arrested and convicted in several incidents including a burglary, assaulting an officer and DUI.

Charges are currently pending against the juvenile on the charge of felony theft. According the police department the juvenile stole a pickup on September 9th. The vehicle was parked at a north side residence and the keys left inside the vehicle. The vehicle was later found the same day with no damage.

An investigation is continuing in the thefts of other vehicles over the past 8 months and the juvenile is a suspect in all of those thefts.

Third Annual Remembrance Tree Project Underway (11/27/01)

The Glasgow High School and Middle School Student Councils are sponsoring their third annual Remembrance Tree program to remember our loved ones that have passed on. Trees filled with lights to commemorate those loved ones will be on display throughout the holiday season in the lot between McDonald's and the Dairy Queen. To include your loved ones, contact any high school or middle school student council member or advisor, or the high school office at 228-2485.

A bulb, in memory, may be obtained by December 1st for a $5 donation. A lighting ceremony for the Remembrance Tree is scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd, at 4 p.m. The tree will be lighted daily from December 2nd to New Year's day. The community is invited to attend the initial lighting ceremony (refreshments will be served). In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside.

Proceeds from the Remembrance Tree will be donated to the Block of Bucks program. Through your generosity, over $1,500 has been donated to the Block of Bucks program in the last two years.

Chamber Merchants Provide Free Matinee Saturday (11/26/01)

The Glasgow Chamber Merchants have teamed together to provide a free matinee at Valley Cinemas on Saturday, December 8th, 1 p.m. "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" will be free to all children age 15 and under.

The Chamber invites everyone to send their children to the movie so that parents can have some no-hassle, kid-free time to buy Christmas presents.

Chamber And Other Businesses Change Locations (11/26/01)
Knodel Building, Highway 2 East Chamber Director Jill Hamilton inside the new Chamber office. The Plains Plaza Complex.

The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture and several other businesses have changed locations over the past few weeks in Glasgow.

The Chamber moved into the Knodel building on Highway 2 east across from Holiday last week. The Chamber office was previously located in the Trailside building near the high school road.

Prewett Interiors also moved into the Knodel Building last week, changing locations from downtown Glasgow (in the spot previously held by Adrian's.)

Meanwhile, the Plains Plaza Complex is the new home to Glasgow's Job Service office, Video Venture, Probst Cleaning and a new business, Favorite Finds. The Plains Plaza is located just down the street from Sam's Supper Club.

The Glasgow Job Service Office was located on 2nd Avenue South, while Probst Cleaning moved from their location in the previous Downtown Cleaners location on 2nd Avenue. Probst is also adding detailing to their repertoire of dry cleaning and interior cleaning.

Video Venture moved from 2nd Avenue as well. Favorite Finds is a new business, owned and operated by Candy Mitchell. And, just outside the main building is Hot Shots Espresso.

Santa Brings Snow To Town (11/24/01)
Santa had a busy day, taking children's orders in the front window of Pehlke's Furniture. Ray Pehlke, besides helping to host Santa Clause, also was playing Great Grandpa. The Clydesdales, from Glendive, were just as busy as Santa was all day long.

A dusting of snow accompanied Santa as he arrived via the Clydesdales and wagon on Saturday. Many people attended the Chamber Christmas stroll, checking out sales, getting hay rides, and of course visiting Santa! There was also hot food, hot drinks, music and carolers. The Key Club hosted a marshmallow roast for all children.

City Still Waiting For Reimbursements (11/24/01)

In July of 1997 former Glasgow City-Judge Sue Dolan pleaded guilty to the charges of theft of city court receipts and official misconduct. As part of her sentencing she was ordered to reimburse 75,760 to the city of Glasgow for the theft of city funds and Valley County was to receive $4,240 for surcharges and attorney fees. The judge ordered her to pay back both the city and county with payments of $750 a month over a ten year period.

It's been over four years since her conviction yet Dolan has paid back just $1794.29 according to records at the Valley County Clerk of Court. The money that has been paid to date by Dolan has went to Valley County to pay for court surcharges and attorney fees. The city of Glasgow has yet to see a dime of the money that was stolen from them by Dolan in her term as city judge. The city is owed $75,760 as part of the proceeds from the court agreement.

Residents Reminded To Remove Vehicles (11/22/01)

Glasgow Police Chief Lynn Erickson is reminding citizens in the city of Glasgow to remove boats and campers off the city streets.

City ordinance requires residents to not leave any type of vehicle on city streets for more than 60 consecutive hours.

Erickson said that the cities police force will be enforcing this ordinance. The reasoning behind the moving of the vehicles is so snow plows can plow the city streets. Erickson also said that just moving the vehicle across the street every couple of days will not prevent you from being ticketed.

Crash Victims Identified (11/22/01)

The two people killed in a pickup truck crash near Judith Gap have been identified as 20-year-old Nancy See and her 18-year-old brother, Kevin, both of Hinsdale.

Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown says they were students at Montana State University-Bozeman traveling home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The crash occurred Tuesday evening on U-S 191 after the truck struck a deer. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Two Hinsdale Residents Killed In Pickup Crash (11/21/01)

(AP) A fast-traveling pickup truck struck a deer along U-S 191 near Judith Gap, and the driver and a female passenger from Hinsdale were killed when the vehicle went off the road and rolled several times.

The Highway Patrol says the northbound truck was traveling at high speed when it hit the deer and went out of control. The woman, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene of the crash at dusk last evening. The male driver was ejected and died later at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown. Their names haven't been released.

The deaths pushed the Montana fatality count to 201, compared with 217 at this time a year ago. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Gun Group Sues Over Shooting Restrictions Intended To Protect Ferrets (11/21/01)

(AP) -- The Montana Shooting Sports Association says the Bureau of Land Management has no authority to restrict shooting on federal land to protect the endangered black-footed ferret.

The B-L-M has prohibited shooting of prairie dogs on 20-thousand acres in southern Phillips County where some ferrets have been released in an effort to revive the species. Prairie dogs are the ferrets' main diet, and their burrows are the ferrets' main shelter.

The gun-owners' group has filed suit in Washington, D-C, federal court charging that the B-L-M violated several federal land-use rules by imposing the limits.

President Gary Marbut of Missoula has protested the restrictions since they were imposed. He approached the Mountain States Legal Foundation after B-L-M rejected his appeals.

In B-L-M's Malta office, Rich Adams says the agency is comfortable with its decision. However, he acknowledged the difficulty of juggling all the multiple public uses of federal land. He noted that the closure does not prevent hunting of big game or upland birds. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Zeller Longest Current-Serving Mayor (11/20/01)

Glasgow Mayor Wilmer Zeller was recently elected to his fifth term as Glasgow's Mayor and this makes him Montana's longest current serving Mayor.

Zeller was first elected to a slot on the Glasgow City-Council in 1981 and then ran for a 2 year term as Mayor in 1983. He's been elected 6 times as Glasgow's top city government executive.

When asked why he continues to serve so long in local government he says he enjoys the people he gets to work with.He loves the interaction with the city employees most of whom have been with the city since he started as Mayor.

He also credits the citizens of Glasgow for being so positive and friendly. Unlike many Mayors, Zeller says he doens't catch much "flack" from the citizens and that makes it a very enjoyable experience.
Zeller also says the pay isn't great for the job and you have to spend alot of time at it to do a good job.

He also credits the Glasgow City Council saying it has stayed pretty much the same for the past 14 years and that brings valuable experience in solving Glasgow's problems.

In the November election, Zeller beat a 12 year veteran of the city council, scoring a 65-35 percent victory.

City-County Looking To Share Judge (11/20/01)

The City of Glasgow is looking at savings of nearly $6000 a year if they can reach an agreement with Valley County regarding the sharing of the city judge.

The agreement would have the current Valley County Justice of the Peace, Linda Mogan, take on the duties of the city judge. She currently works half-time as Justice of the Peace and the job would virtually become full-time with the added duties of City Judge.

The city council has sent the proposed agreement to the city attorney, Dave Gorton, and he will take a look and make any changes if necessary.

The current City Judge, Lee Hagen, took over the job after the resignation of Emery Breljie and she would revert to her job as the top deputy to the city judge if this agreement is agreed to by both the City of Glasgow and Valley County.

Disabled Hunters Successful (11/19/01)

Recently two disabled hunters successfully harvested white-tailed deer during a special hunt in Kiwanis Park, near Fort Peck. In coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, special permits were available for a limited number of disabled hunters. This year two either-sex white-tailed deer licenses were issued. Corps personnel closed off the area near Kiwanis Park over the Veteran's Day weekend to allow the hunting opportunity.

If you qualify for a disabled license and are interested in applying for a permit during the 2002 hunting season, please check the hunting regulations for information. The 2002 hunting regulations will be available at all FWP offices next summer. The hunt has been in place for two years and will possibly be expanded for next season.

Montana Fish, Wildlife And Parks Seeking Historic Wildlife Information (11/19/01)

At the recent sage grouse hearing in Glasgow, it became apparent that a large number of people in the area have a wealth of historical information on wildlife. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists Pat Gunderson and Ron Stoneberg decided to initiate an effort whereby this knowledge could be collected and preserved for Valley County.

We are particularly interested in any recollection of wild animals, their distribution (i.e. first raccoon seen), abundance (i.e. high sage grouse populations) or other interesting observations. We are not only interested in the game species (mule deer, pronghorn antelope, etc.) but also furbearers (beaver, bobcat, etc.) and non-game species (prairie dogs, coyotes, red fox, etc.). General information will be fine but actual counts, dates, original notes or photos will be even more valuable. We can scan all documents or photos that you request to have returned.

We know there are a lot of great stories and observations that are just waiting to be told, so could you take a minute, write down your contributions and drop them off at the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow. Or you can send by mail to MFWP - Glasgow, Rt. 1-4210, Glasgow MT 59230. If you need more information or assistance compiling your stories contact Pat Gunderson at 228-3709 or Ron Stoneberg at 648-5572.

Chamber Moves Into New Building (11/18/01)

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is moving to their new location at 23 Highway 2 East, across the street from the Holiday Gas Station. The Chamber will re-open at the new location on Monday, November 19th.

Christmas Stroll Coming This Saturday (11/18/01)

Everyone is invited to the Glasgow Chamber Christmas Stroll on Saturday, November 24th. Santa Claus will make his grand entrance at noon via a beautiful black set of Clydesdale horses. Children may visit with Santa Claus in the front window of Pehlke's Furniture from 12:30pm to 4pm.

Christmas Stroll festivities will take place from noon-4pm. Festival area will be in the parking lot across from Markle's Ace Hardware. There will be hot food, hot drinks, music and carolers. The Key Club will be hosting a marshmallow roast for all children. Wagon rides with the Clydesdales will be given free of charge.

Gaming Revenue Figures Released (11/18/01)

Local governments in Valley County received a financial boost from gambling revenue according to figures released by the State of Montana.

The figures show that the city of Glasgow received just $77,700 in return of taxes paid on gambling machine revenue. This accounts for nearly seven percent of the city's general fund budget in fiscal year 2001.

Other communities in Valley County receiving these funds include Nashua, $5400 and Opheim $3200. Valley County itself received $69,600.

The gross revenue tax on video gaming machines is levied on the difference between money put into the machines and money paid out in winnings.

Glasgow School Board Adds Volleyball Coach (11/18/01)

The Glasgow School Board took action Wednesday evening that will see an additional volleyball coach for the Scottie athletic program. Because the program expects over 40 girls to try out for the program the school board decided that an additional coach would be needed.

The volleyball program currently has two coaches; the additional coach would oversee the freshman program.

In other action the board elected Tom Schmidt to be the vice-chairman of the school board. He replaces Jennifer Reinhardt who resigned her position earlier this year.

Another Highway 2 Meeting In Havre (11/18/01)

(Portions of the following are from the Great Falls Tribune)

Getting a four-lane highway across Montana will take several years of dedication, but if communities stick together and don't give up, a safer, wider Highway 2 can be built, says a North Dakota advocate.

Brad Bekkedahl, president of Communities for a Modern Highway 2 group in Williston, N.D., offered his advice to Montanans Saturday during the first meeting of the Highway 2 Association at the Montana State University-Northern Student Union. The association is working toward a four-lane highway along the 667-mile stretch of U.S. 2 across northern Montana.

Governor Judy Martz, in a meeting earlier this week during Havre's Capital For A Day, didn't encourage the four-lane highway. She urged the Hi-Line to work on possibly widening the highway and making it safer, but not to the extent of a four-lane.

State Senator Sam Kitzenberg, however, says we need to keep pushing for the four-lane.

Eastern Divison Wants To Realign Districts (11/18/01)

The Eastern Division for Class C sports has decided to realign in preparation of the coming season switch for girls basketball and volleyball.

On Thursday November 15th the administrators of the 22 schools located in the eastern division voted to realign and make four districts instead of the present three. The reasoning behind the switch is related to the fact that next year boys and girls basketball will be played at the same time. The class C schools have decided to run the boys and girls district tourneys at the same location and with smaller districts they will still be able to run three day tourneys.

The new districts look like this:
Nashua, Saco, Hinsdale, Whitewater, Dodson

Opheim, Scobey, Lustre, Flaxville/Outlook, Westby, Medicine Lake

Frazer, Brockton, Culbertson, Bainville, Froid

Circle, Richey, Savage, Lambert, Fairview

This realignment will have to be approved by the Montana High School Association. If it is approved then two teams would advance out of each district tournament to play in the divisional tournament.

Former Wolf Point Coach, Referee Sentenced On Drug Charges (11/16/01)

(AP) -- A former freshman basketball coach, referee and substitute teacher at Wolf Point has been sentenced to a year in a pre-release center, for selling the drug ecstasy.

Thirty-year-old Scott Sorg pleaded guilty to unlawful possession with intent to distribute. Under a plea agreement, federal Judge Sam Haddon ordered Sorg to serve a year in the Great Falls Pre-release Center. Sorg was credited with 104 days already served. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, and serve three years of supervised release.

Sorg was a freshman boy's basketball coach during the 1999-2000 school year at Wolf Point. He was a referee in 2000-and 2001 for Wolf Point's high school games. He was also a junior and senior high school substitute teacher in Wolf Point Schools, until he was indicted in April. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Estimated $20,000 Raised For 911 Victims (11/16/01)

(AP)The Give Relief to Americans in Need project recently delivered nearly 46-hundred bushels of grain to the General Mills grain elevator in Wolf Point.

The fund-raising project drew help from farmers and others across Montana's Hi-Line. Officials estimated about 20-thousand dollars was raised to help victims of the September terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D-C.

Project organizer Terry Johnson says it was rewarding to see the support for fellow Americans pour out of a drought-stricken part of the state. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Valley County Fsa County Committee Election (11/16/01)

December 4, 2001, will be the final date to return election ballots for the expiring term currently being held by Dean Reddig on the FSA County Committee.

Election ballots for the County Committee position have been mailed to all eligible voters in Community A and must be returned by December 4th, 2001 to be counted as official votes. Community “A” Boundary is:

The Valley county COMMUNITY “A” North boundary is the Canadian Line; West boundary is Phillips County Line; South boundary is the Ossette (pronounced AH-SET) road and West to the Phillips county Line and East to the Daniels County Line.

The candidates running and the approximate location of their farming operation within Community “A” are:
Kelly Donovan of the Larslan area
Steven Miner of the Ossette area
Otto Fauth of the Fuhrman Community
Gladys Edwards of the Opheim area

The FSA farmer-committee system has been a key factor in the successful administration of farm programs, the secretary of agriculture considers the committee member very important to the success of the farm programs congress has provided. Therefore, it is very important all eligible voters exercise their right to vote. The committee members assist in carrying out programs assigned to the FSA committees.

Their duties include:
Informing farmers of the purpose and provisions of the FSA programs.
Keeping the State FSA committee informed of local conditions.
Recommending needed changes in farm programs.
Participating in community meetings as necessary.
Performing other duties as assigned by the State FSA Committee.

The county committee is responsible for the overall direction of the operations, the county FSA office, and the administration of the various farm programs at the county level.

Elected county committee members have an outstanding opportunity to serve both farmers and the public. The programs they help administer directly affect the welfare of our farmers.

Football Co-op With Nashua To Be Discussed Tonight (11/14/01)

The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session this evening and one item on the agenda will be of particular interest to football fans.

The Nashua School District is considering ending the Porucupine football program and entering into a Co-op agreement with Glasgow that would send Nashua football players to Glasgow.

Nashua School Superintendent Bruce Peterson told Kltz/Klan that the Nashua School Board heard a proposal from Glasgow Athletic Director Chuck Barstad last night that would have Porcupine football players play for the Scotties next year. Peterson said Nashua has four options: continue the eight man football program, join a six-man football league, drop the program, or send the players to Glasgow.

Peterson also said that the number of potential players is down in Nashua and it would be tough to field an eight man team next year. The Nashua School Board took no action last night but Peterson said a decision will be made by the end of the year. Nashua currently is in an agreement with Lustre Christian and Frazer for the football program. Those two schools would have to make their own decision on whether to send their athletes to Glasgow to play football.

Final Missouri Meeting Held On Changes In River Flow (11/14/01)

(AP) Disagreement over management of the Missouri River continued last night at a public meeting in St. Louis. Officials from Missouri say upstream states should not be allowed to dictate environmental policy -- especially when it could hurt downstream pocketbooks.

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, some environmental groups and upstream states -- including Montana and the Dakotas -- favor the "spring rise, summer fall" plan. They say it is the only way to save an endangered fish and two endangered birds.

Opponents in Missouri say the low summer flow would hurt barge traffic, and the spring rise would hurt river-bottom farmers. The hearings by the Army Corps of Engineers began last month in Montana, and wind up this week in New Orleans. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Valley County Residents Encouraged To Use Tax Credit (11/13/01)

"Use the Montana Tax Credit to Build Something Important to You" is the word this Holiday season from nine local non-profit organizations. The Montana Tax Credit for Endowed Philanthropy allows corporations and individuals to make substantial gifts to endowments for much less than one would expect.

Participating organizations are:
· Fort Peck Theatre Preservation Foundation,
· Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum, Inc.,
· Friends of the Pioneer Museum, Inc. Endowment Fund,
· Glasgow High School Educational Trust,
· Hinsdale Cooperative Community Scholarship Fund,
· Long Run Fire Department Endowment Fund,
· Valley County Community Foundation,
· Valley County Historical Society Endowment Fund,
· Valley View Home Foundation.

They formed the Coalition of Foundations in Valley County to encourage use of the tax credit in 2001. This year is significant because after December 31, the credit declines. For corporate gifts, that means a lowering from 50 percent to 20 percent and for individuals from 50 percent to 40 percent. The tax credit was initiated in 1997 by the State Legislature to build endowments in Montana. Cash gifts from corporations qualify for the credit, while for individuals, planned gifts qualify.

Thanks to local and statewide financial assistance, the Coalition is working to get the word out on the benefits of the tax credit - both to the community, and to corporations and individuals. A mailing has been completed and public service announcements are running on the radio. Assistance for these efforts has come from CHMS, P.C., KLTZ/KLAN, The Print Shop and the Montana Community Foundation.

For more information on using the tax credit to make a gift to a local permanent endowment, contact your financial advisor or the organization you wish to support.

Police Department Close To Hiring Patrolman (11/13/01)

The Glasgow Police Department is close to hiring a new patrolman to replace Dave Watson.

According to Police Chief Lyn Erickson, the patrolman job has been offered to and accepted by a 32 year old detention officer from Great Falls. The Glasgow City Council has yet to approve the hiring of the patrolman. The new hire is married with three children and formerly from Saco.

Erickson also told Kltz/Klan that last week he offered another patrolman position to a female from Great Falls but she decided not to take the position. Erickson said that he will reopen the position after Thanksgiving and start testing the applicants after the first of the year.

With the hiring of the new patrolman the Glasgow Police Department is still one officer short of a complete staff. Erickson said that the department is still providing full police coverage with the present staff working more shifts.

Boeing To Deactivate Runway (11/13/01)

The Montana Aviation Research Company, a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, has announced it will be deactivating the runway at the former Glasgow Air Force Base north of Glasgow.

The Boeing Company has used the runway for testing at the former Air Base for over 25 years and purchased the runway and other facilities from Valley County in 1992.

Joe Triano is the Facility Site Manager for Boeing and he told Kltz/Klan that the runway is still open for business but will be deactivated by the end of the year. He said the runway could be reactivated if there is customer demand from Boeing or any other company.

According to a press release from Boeing, this is a cost-saving move, a cutback required by the recent decline in airplane orders on the part of Boeing customers.

Two employees were layed off because of the deactivation but a staff of five employees will be kept on to perform planned maintenance work.

Triano also did say that Boeing has tentative plans to perform some testing in the next year at the former Air Base.

The large 13,500 foot runway was constructed in the 1950's and was used for large bombers of the United States Air Force.

Subsidy Database Released (11/12/01)

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that a new Web site listing American farmers' federal subsidy checks is creating some anxiety in rural Montana.

Launched last week by the Environmental Working Group, the on-line database names every American farm receiving federal dollars details how much their checks were worth each year from 1996 to 2000.

The Tribune reports that the database is pulled directly from U.S. Department of Agriculture records.

For the period of 1996 through 2000, Montana's agriculture producers received $1.8 billion in federal farm subsidies. Valley County producers received just over $90 million dollars for the five year period.
Here are the top ten farm subsidy recipients for each county and the total they received for the five year period from 1996-2000.

All USDA farm programs are included. Listed is the farm subsidy amount from 1996 to 2000 received only for farms in Valley County. For the entire list visit www.ewg.org

1. Northern Grain Assoc Partnership $697,808
2. See Farms Partnership $540,797
3. Marvin & Deborah Tarum $525,797
4. Mark and Steve Knaff Ptnrshp $517,286
5. Pankratz Farms Inc $388,185
6. Fast Enterprises Inc $388,085
7. Dewit Farms Inc $382,804
8. Kurt Kummerfeldt $377,484
9. K & F Farms Ptnrship $368,720
10. Beier Farms Inc $360,289

In the state of Montana the farm receiving the most in federal subsidies over the past 5 years was the Neil Johnson Farms of Cut Bank. They received over $2.4 million from 1996-2000. Northern Grain Assoc Partnership was ranked 38th statewide with a total of $939,162.

The Pattison Partnership of Havre was 49th statewide with a subsidy check for five years of $827,187. Fast Enterprises was 74th with checks totaling over $692,829 over five years.

Hunters May Harvest Collared Animals (11/12/01)

There are many studies taking place throughout the state of Montana involving wildlife. Wildlife biologists attach collars to animals to track and better understand the animals. In Region 6, we have collared mule deer and bighorn sheep. MFWP would like to inform hunters that it is legal to shoot a collared animal but would prefer hunters harvest other non-collared animals.

If you harvest a collared animal, please return the collar to the nearest MFWP regional office. Since all studies require an adequate sample size, the collars will be placed on additional animals to insure accurate information. The effort and money it requires to replace collars on additional animals is extensive so your cooperation is appreciated. If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow Area MFWP office at 228-3700.

A & S Industries Awarded Grant (11/12/01)

A&S Tribal Industries in Poplar, owned by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, was awarded a $50,000.00 grant from the Foundation for the American Indian located in Westport, Connecticut.

A&S Tribal Industries Chairman Leonard J. Smith said, “This generous contribution helps launch the expansion program underway at our machining and metal fabrication facility. The funds will be used to assist in developing new tribal and American Indian owned manufacturing plants that can act as subcontractors to national and multinational corporations needing fabrication of component parts for airplanes, centrifugal pumps and other machines.”

A&S Tribal Industries embarked upon this major expansion project last year by unveiling the plan to federal agency and congressional representatives.

“The response from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been truly outstanding,” continued Smith. “Our goal is the same: to accelerate job growth and increase competitiveness of Montana-based manufacturing plants through innovation and modernization.”

A&S Tribal Industries is located on the Fort Peck Reservation and was the largest manufacturing employer in Montana during the 1980's with over 500 employees.

“Our infrastructure is in place and we are meeting with national and multinational corporations across the nation that are interested in working with tribal owned companies because of the government procurement and tax benefits,” said Smith.

A&S Tribal Industries representatives are scheduled to meet on November 15 in Poplar with a multinational manufacturer of military support equipment that recently received an $18.2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Radar System Logistics support. The corporation reported revenues of $99.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2001.

A&S Tribal Industries is a four-acre covered complex of 180,000 square feet with metal fabrication and machining equipment. The company is currently making medical chests, camouflage netting and component parts for military planes for the War on Terrorism.

The ceremony awarding the $50,000.00 contribution to A&S Tribal Industries will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the manufacturing plant in Poplar. For more information contact Terri Thompson at A&S Tribal Industries, 406-768-5151.

Changes Delay Fort Peck Fish Management Plan (11/12/01)

The final draft of the Fort Peck Lake Fish Management Plan will be delayed to incorporate important changes requested by the public.

Over 700 comments were received after the second draft of the plan was released and a majority of these comments urged the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to increase the number of walleye fingerlings being proposed for annual stocking, as well as expressing a strong desire for an improved walleye catch rate.

The second draft of the management plan emphasized walleye as the main fish in the lake but stated that Fish, Wildlife and Parks would strive to stock a minimum of 2 million walleye fingerlings annually with present resources. When the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery is built they would increase that stocking to 2.6 million fingerlings every year.

Local anglers became furious with Fish, Wildlife and Parks saying that with a $20 million dollar fish hatchery they would hope that the department could increase the amount of walleye fingerlings let loose in Fort Peck Lake by more than the proposed 600,000.

Anglers cited numbers that indicated it took over 10 hours to catch one walleye on Fort Peck Lake this summer.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks agreed with the more than 700 people who commented on the plan and they have now agreed to delay the plan until changes are made which will increase the number of fingerlings released in the lake.

The department also stated that they will look at sources outside of Montana to increase the stocking rate and they will also come up with a more detailed plan to monitor the fishery at Fort Peck. They hope to have the management plan finalized by the end of the year.

Law Enforcement Personell Changes (11/9/01)

Valley County Sheriff Dick Wessler has announced changes in personnel in the Valley County Sheriff's Department.

Undersherriff Bob Tymofichuk has resigned and is taking a position with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in Boulder, Montana. Deputy Vern Buerkle has been appointed undersheriff and Sterling Silver has the left the Glasgow Police Department and has been hired as a sherrif's deputy. The Sheriff's Department now has a total of five officers.

The Glasgow Police Department is running shorthanded with two officers having quit within the last three weeks. Patrollman Dave Watson resigned last month and Chief Lynn Erickson hopes to have a new officer hired sometime this month. There is no timetable set yet on hiring a replacement for Sterling Silver.

Chamber Announces New Directors And Officers (11/8/01)

The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture has announced their new directors and officers for the upcoming year. New directors elected for a 3-year term are: Simone Alsberg (Triple A Glass), Randy Holom (Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital), Ward Grew (Print Shop), Nancy Turner (Gallery Gifts & The Marketplace).

They join board members Delvin Hackwith (Edward Jones), Dave Riggin (Glasgow Education Association), Laurie Barnes (Farm Credit Services), Bruce Glennie (Wells Fargo & Co.), Sam Knodel (Eugene's Pizza), Kari Prewett (Prewett Interiors), Stan Ozark (KLTZ/KLAN radio).

Officers for 2002 will be: President - Todd Wagner; 1st Vice President - Bruce Glennie; 2nd Vice President - Laurie Barnes; Secretary/Treasurer - Doris Leader; Past President - Delvin Hackwith.
In addition to 3 board members who have moved away, the retiring board members are Ruth Waarvik (Headquarters) and Patsy Krause (Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital).

Kansas City, Missouri, Site Of Latest River Flow Change Hearing (11/8/01)

(AP)The natural resources director for the state of Missouri, and both U-S senators from that state, are on-record against proposed changes in how the Army Corps of Engineers manages water flow on the Missouri River. But a North Dakota official says change is long overdue.

The testimony came in Kansas City, Missouri, last night, as the Corps held its latest hearing on a revised river management plan. The corps has proposed six options, including maintaining the present system. Upstream states prefer an option that would maintain natural flows on the river, to safeguard wildlife and promote recreation.

The North Dakota state engineer, Dale Frink, says any of the five alternatives in the impact statement draft are an improvement over the current management plan. (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

More Animals To Be Added To Fort Peck Wildlife Exhibit (11/8/01)

There soon could be antelope and deer roaming the pasture of the Leo B. Coleman Wildlife Exhibition Pasture in Fort Peck.

According to Roy Snyder, Lake Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, he hopes to purchase some deer and antelope and possibly mountain sheep to roam the estimated 200 acres of the wildlife pasture.

Snyder spoke at the weekly Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday and told the audience that he's awaiting approval for a game farm permit before purchasing more wildlife. There are currently 9 elk and 7 buffalo in the pasture. There had been deer and antelope in the pasture until the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks removed the animals due to an excess number of wildlife and restrictions that had been put on the Corps in managing the state-owned deer and antelope in the pasture.

Snyder told the Kiwanis audience that the Corps recently spent $5000 to repair the fence surrounding the refuge and they are now awaiting approval from Fish, Wildlife and Parks to start putting more wildlife in the pasture.

In other news regarding the Corps of Engineers and Fort Peck Lake, Snyder said that money has been approved for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery and he hopes that a survey of the site could be done this year. He also said that with the money that has been approved by Congress he hopes to have 3 or 4 ponds built next year along with a water intake system for the hatchery.

Election Results (11/7/01)

Two out of three incumbents were winners in contested city elections in Glasgow on Tuesday. Mayor Willie Zeller defeated city councilman Ed Tipton 600 to 315. Ky Idler, the incumbent for Ward 2G on Glasgow's south side, held off two challengers: Kent Morehouse and Linda Neill. Idler received 91 votes, Morehouse 67 and Neill 27.

Marlene Jackson, incumbent for ward 3G lost to former police chief Bob West 189-134. Garry Stidman ran unopposed in Ward 1G. Glasgow had a 43% voter turnout; 915 of 2100 plus people voted in the mayoral race.

For mayor of Nashua, Allen Bunk defeated incumbent Duane Squeak Tihista 74-51. Bunk had also previously been mayor of Nashua as well. Linda Hinton and Patricia Hallett both ran unopposed in city council races in Nashua. Nashua had a 53% voter turnout.

John Marvin ran unopposed for mayor of Opheim. Allen Watts defeated Neal Rogers 13-10 for Ward 1 in Opheim while Marjory Burdette ran unopposed.

In Fort Peck, Terry McMurry ran unopposed for one of two positions open. No one filed for the second city council spot. Also, no one filed for mayor of Fort Peck either. The city council will have to meet to move further on the mayor position.

Three positions were open for the Fort Peck Rural County Water District. Joe Yeoman (87 votes), Kip Hentges (87) and Bob Farrell (81) were the top 3 vote-getters. Gene Alsberg received 53 votes and Debra Irving 34.

Elections Are Today (11/6/01)

Election day is today throughout the U.S. including Montana and Valley County. Below we have listed the polling places and hours for elections in the county. You'll also find a complete listing of candidates and election results on the Town & Country Election 2001 page.

Polling Place Ward# Hours
Glasgow Civic Center 1G 7a-8p
Courthouse Courtroom 2G 7a-8p
Glasgow Civic Center 3G 7a-8p
Nashua School Library 1N & 2N 7a-8p
Opheim Northern Electric 1O & 2O noon - 8pm
Fort Peck Rec Hall 1F noon - 8pm
Community Room, Courthouse Fort Peck Rural County Water District 7a-8p


Glasgow Man Remains In Valley County Jail (11/5/01)

63 year old Glasgow resident, Gary Brockel, remains in the Valley County Jail after making an initial appearance before District Court Judge John McKeon.

Brockel is being represented by Wolf Point attorney Terry Toavs. Brockel is facing a charge of felony criminal endangerment for an alleged shooting that occured at his home on October 26th or 27th. According to court documents, Brockel "created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury" to his neighbors by firing a weapon from inside his house at least three times. The bullets went through the walls of his house and into the interior of the next house.

At the hearing on Thursday, Brockel's bond was increased from $275,000 to $350,000 by Judge McKeon. Brockel's attorney requested that the trial be moved from Glasgow and also requested a new judge to oversee the court proceedings. Judge McKeon promptly accepted the motion for a new judge and wrapped up the hearing before acting on the change of venue motion.

Prevention Program Seeks 18 VISTA Recruits (11/2/01)

The Montana Prevention Resource Center (PRC), a prevention agency housed within the Department of Public Health and Human Services, is recruiting AmeriCorps*VISTA members to serve a year helping communities establish long-term solutions to poverty.

PRC VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) work with Montana communities to prevent child abuse and neglect, youth substance abuse, teen pregnancy, youth violence, and school dropout.

There are 18 VISTAs in the PRC project, with individuals coming from across the U.S. and serving in 11 Montana communities.

The PRC is now recruiting an additional 18 VISTA positions starting in January 2002 to serve Bozeman, Butte, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Hardin, Helena, Lame Deer, Libby, Ronan, Sidney, Townsend, and West Yellowstone.

"There is a great sense of social awareness in our country," says Prevention Resource Center Coordinator Vicki Turner. "Volunteering for a year of service with the PRC VISTA project is a great opportunity to help win the war on drugs and poverty and improve the lives of Montana youth."

The Prevention Resource Center supervises VISTAs who work with local prevention-focused agencies to encourage youth to lead healthy, productive lives. Agencies include Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Human Resource Development Councils, United Way, public schools, and tobacco prevention coalitions. In the past, VISTAs have worked on a variety of programs, including underage tobacco education, developing youth volunteer centers, mentoring programs, and enhancing community prevention strategies.

AmeriCorps*VISTA members have served economically challenged communities for more than 35 years. The program is dedicated to increasing the capability of people to improve the conditions of their own lives. Members of AmeriCorps*VISTA serve full-time and live in the communities they serve, creating programs that can continue after they complete their service.

Adults give a year of service to a community in exchange for a monthly living allowance of $718, comprehensive health coverage, an education award of $4,725 to cover future tuition or past loans, relocation expenses, and professional development opportunities.

Applicants to the PRC VISTA project should possess a college degree, excellent communication skills, initiative, motivation and the ability to work well with others, as well as independent of supervision. Please visit <http://www.state.mt.us/prc> for current opportunities or call 444-3915 or 444-9655.

Glasgow Man Found Guilty Of Sex Assault, Computer Porn Charges (11/2/01)

A Valley County jury Thursday found Terrance John Yecovenko of Glasgow guilty of sexual assault and sexual abuse of children.

After deliberating for about six hours, the jury found Yecovenko guilty of two counts of felony sex assault and two counts of felony sex abuse of children. The sex assault charges stemmed from allegations Yecovenko sexually assaulted a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old girl with whom he was living with in Glasgow, between March and June last year. The felony sexual abuse of children charges were a result of allegations Yecovenko possessed and distributed child pornography via computer.

Under Montana law, possession or distribution of child porn constitutes sexual abuse of children. Evidence in the Yecovenko case included child pornography images found on ZipÆ disks and on two computers, one belonging to Yecovenko and one to another Glasgow resident to whom he distributed the child pornography.

The trial was the first case of the state's Computer Crime Unit to go to trial. The Computer Crime Unit was created a year ago to investigate and assist in the prosecution of crimes involving computers.

The Yecovenko case was investigated by the Glasgow Police Department and prosecuted by the Valley County Attorney. Local authorities seized the computers and a large quantity of other electronic media and requested the Computer Crime Unit to process the equipment for evidence.

The Computer Crime Unit serves as a resource to local law enforcement. Since its inception, the Unit has investigated or assisted in about 36 felony cases. More than a dozen of those matters involved sexual offenses allegedly committed against children, including the exploitation of children over the Internet.

The conviction on the sexual assault and sexual abuse of children charges (for distributing child pornography) carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Yecovenko will be sentenced after the first of the year. The weeklong trial, which began on October 29, was heard by District Judge John McKeon.

Congress Passes Appropriations Bill (11/2/01)

Congress has passed the FY 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations bill and that means over $25 million in appropriations for a wide variety of Montana energy and water projects.

The Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery will receive $1.5 million to begin construction, The Fort Peck Dam receives $4,342,000 for operation and maintenance and the Milk River Irrigation Project receives $981,000. The Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum also received a federal appropriation of $700,000.

This money is part of the original $6 million that the Interpretive Center received in it's original appropriation from Congress.

Northeast Montana Projects Included In Energy & Water Bill (11/2/01)

Montana Senator Conrad Burns announced that the House-Senate Conference Committee reached a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the FY 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, and that the Senate today passed the conference report. The conference report, which also passed the House and will now be sent to the President for signature, contains over $25 million in appropriations for a wide variety of Montana energy and water projects. Burns served as a conferee.

"Like the original Energy and Water Bill, the conference report provides the funds Montana needs to alleviate the energy crunch and effectively manage its water resources as we face drought conditions," Burns said. "The conference report even adds new funding for Montana. I will continue to work to ensure the success of this important legislation for Montana and to encourage President Bush to sign it into law."

The Montana projects for which Burns gained approval are detailed below:
$1.5 million to begin construction of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
$4 million to begin construction of the Fort Peck/Dry Prairie Water Project
$350,000 for further planning of the Rocky Boy North Central Water Project
$25,000 for planning for the Lower Yellowstone Diversion Dam.
$325,000 for investigations in the Yellowstone River Corridor.
$700,000 for construction of an interpretive center at Fort Peck Dam.
$4,342,000 for operation and maintenance at Fort Peck Dam.
$100,000 for Grant Creek flood control studies near Missoula.
$1,791,000 for operation and maintenance of Libby Dam on Lake Koocanusa.
$1 million for further work on an Environmental Impact Statement on the Missouri River Master Water Control Manual.
$294,000 for the Hungry Horse Irrigation Project.
$981,000 for the Milk River Irrigation Project.
$8 million for the tribal water rights settlement on Rocky Boys Reservation.
$350,000 for continued fuel cell research at Big Sky Economic Development Authority in Billings.
$1.5 million for a fuel cell project in Bozeman.
$5 million in funding originally eliminated from the FY 2002 budget for the Western Environmental Technology Office; restored funding expected to save about 200 jobs in Butte with the Mike Mansfield Advanced Technology Center, formerly Mountain States Energy (MSE).

Finally, a portion of the $7.6 million provided for the multi-state Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), to Montana universities.

Trace Grimsrud

Trace Grimsrud of Nashua, 47, died of a heart attack on November 29th in Lone Pine, California. Services will be at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua on Friday, December 7th with Reverend Martin Mock officiating and with Interment in the Nashua City Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Trace was born in 1954 in Wolf Point to Don and Shirley Grimsrud. He was baptized in 1957 in Wolf Point and confirmed in the Nashua Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1972. He joined the Airborne Rangers and took an early retirement in 1975.

He was married and divorced. He worked heavy highway and utility construction in many states by always called Nashua his home. His main interest was his little girl, Tally. He liked sky diving, white water rafting, scuba diving, roller coasters and skiing. Trace was a precious man touching all of our lives in a passionate way. He will always be in our hearts as we remember him loving his daughter Talisha, his "little one" and placing his trust in Jesus, his family and friends.

Survivors include Talisha Grimsrud of Belt, Montana; parents, Don and Shirley Grimsrud of Nashua; brother Ron and his wife Karen of Whitehall, Michigan; sister Lori Grimsrud of Nashua; nieces and nephews Andrea, Cody, Kylie and Dylan Grimsrud; extended family Lisa & Larry Miller, Austin and Chloe, Chelsea & Leigh, Anne of Colorado.

Joe A. Johnson

Joe A. Johnson of Fort Peck, 93, died of natural causes on December 1st at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services are set for Thursday, December 6th at 2 p.m. at the Fort Peck Chapel with burial at the Fort Peck Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born in Vinning, Minnesota, to Julius and Anna Johnson. He attended schools there and at the Buchannen School north of Brockton. Joe drove a State gravel truck and farmed north of Brockton on the homestead until 1970. Joe married Mary Erickson in 1928. She passed away in 1943. Joe married Darlene Helmbrecht in 1949, and they moved to Fort Peck in 1970. Cooking was his forte, and he also enjoyed gardening, chickens and hauling water. He hauled water for many people and businesses in the Fort Peck area.

Survivors include his wife Darlene Johnson of Fort Peck, 6 children: Mary Ann Carson and her husband Joe of Fort Peck, Juanita Hagen and her husband Gaylord of Fort Peck, John Johnson and his wife Joy of Fort Peck, Joan Burns and her husband Don of Fort Peck, Jeff Johnson and his wife Andi of Fort Peck, Sally Strom and her husband Larry of Billings; one daughter-in-law, Maridene Johnson of Fort Peck; 2 brothers: Bernice Nygard of Bon and Ruth Iverson of Chinook; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons William Johnson in 1935 and Michael Johnson in 1999, and by a grand-daughter Kristi Hagen in 1957 and brothers Northfield Johnson and Bert Johnson.

Christine "Tena" Padgett

Christine "Tena" Padgett, 101, died of natural causes on November 22 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services will be Wednesday, November 28th at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Glasgow with Reverend Emory Robotham officiating and with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Tena was born in Fessenden, North Dakota, to Heinrich Fuhrmann and Christina Harr Fuhrman. Her family immigrated from Russia in 1891. She was the youngest of 15 children. Her family homesteaded in northern Valley County. She attended the Fuhrmann School. She worked on various farms and at the Baylor Grocery Store. Later she went back to North Dakota to live with her older sister Lucy in Steele, North Dakota, and received her high school diploma. She took college courses for teaching and received her teaching certificate in 1924, where she taught 2 years in North Dakota. She moved back to Montana and in 1926 married Bill Padgett in the Congregational Church in Glasgow. Her wedding present was a 1924 Ford. They lived on the farm for 7 years, lived a year in Glasgow, spent several years in rural Fort Peck for the building of Fort Peck Dam, and moved into Fort Peck in 1939. Tena worked many years at a drug store in Fort Peck. In 1963 they moved back to Glasgow and she has resided in the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow since 1995. She was a member of the American Legion Auxilary, was an active community servant, and was very active in the First Congregational Church. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cards and dancing.

Survivors include her daughter Shirley (and husband Jerre Sheppard) of Longmont, Colorado; 4 grandchildren: Laura Vukasin of Great Falls, Karen Sheppard of Longmont, Colorado, Kristen Sprigg of Longmont, Colorado and Mitchell Sheppard of Copperas Cove, Texas, and 3 great grandchildren.

Dorothy Kress

Dorothy Kress passed away on November 13th. Services will be this Saturday, November 24th, at 2p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

Survivors include 2 sons: George Enger & his wife Wilma of Laurel, Gilbert Enger and his wife Donna of Oak Harbor, Washington; 1 daughter: Deloris Johnson, formerly of Glasgow and now in Milton, Washington, and numerous grandchildren.

Nancy Alvhild See

Nancy Alvhild See, 20, died in an automobile accident near Lewistown on November 20th. She was a Hinsdale resident and was attending school at Montana State University. Services will be Monday, November 26th a 11 a.m. at the Opheim Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Koonz officiating and with burial at the Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy was born in Glasgow to Ted & Karen See and lived in Opheim through her junior year in high school. She moved to Hinsdale for her senior year, graduating from Hinsdale High School in 1999. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman her freshman year, then Jamestown College her sophomore year when she was on the cross country team. She was attending Montana Statue University in Bozeman this year. Nancy had applied and had been granted an interview to Putnam School of Veterinarian Medicine in Washington. She played baseball in Little League, track and cross country, 4 years basketball, 4-H, Honor Society, Band and was in FHA in Opheim and FFA in Hinsdale. She had the highest GPA in Hinsdale when she graduated and placed in state her senior year in track. She was still running actively in Bozeman and was to be inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society. She loved to be on the farm and ride horseback and help with the work on the ranch; that's why she wanted to be a vet. She and Kevin had been to Norway several times to visit her grandparents and relatives.

Survivors include her parents, Ted and Karen See of Hinsdale; 2 sisters: Marie Gail See of Bozeman and Ella Anne See of Hinsdale; 1 brother: Corbein Matthew See of Hinsdale; and grandparents Corbin and Joyce See of Hinsdale and Arne and Alvhild Blikken of Norway.

Kevin Arne See

Kevin Arne See, 18, died in an automobile accident near Lewistown on November 20th. He was a Hinsdale resident and was attending school at Montana State University. Services will be Monday, November 26th a 11 a.m. at the Opheim Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Koonz officiating and with burial at the Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin was born in Glasgow to Ted & Karen See and lived in Opheim until his sophomore year in high school when his family moved to Hinsdale, graduating in 2001. He was a freshman at Montana State University in Bozeman, pursuing an engineering degree. He loved computers and graphics. In high school he played the saxophone in band, was in 4-H, played baseball and basketball. He had an extensive card collection in baseball. He loved to work on the farm with the cattle and fencing. He also enjoyed teasing his friends and his family.

Survivors include his parents, Ted and Karen See of Hinsdale; 2 sisters: Marie Gail See of Bozeman and Ella Anne See of Hinsdale; 1 brother: Corbein Matthew See of Hinsdale; and grandparents Corbin and Joyce See of Hinsdale and Arne and Alvhild Blikken of Norway.

Winnetta "Winnie" Erickson

Winnetta "Winnie" Erickson of Nashua, 75, died at her home in Nashua of natural causes on November 17. Services will be at the Nashua school on Wednesday, November 21, at 10 a.m. with Reverend Bonnie Novak officiating and with interment in the Nashua City Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Winnie was born in Nashua to David and Mary Bell. She lived her entire life in Nashua, attending schools there and graduating from Nashua High School. She worked as a school clerk in Nashua and at the courthouse in Glasgow. In 1947 Winnie married Douglas Erickson of Glasgow. He passed away in 1999.

Survivors include one son, David "Skip" Erickson of Glasgow; 3 daughters: Jacalyn Pippin of Missoula, Kerry Wilson of Jordan and Shelly Erickson of Lake City, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Foran F. Drabbs

Foran F. Drabbs of Hinsdale, 83, died of cancer at the Good Samaritan Center in Malta on November 16. Services will be Tuesday, November 20th at 11am at the Hinsdale Legion Hall with burial in the Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Foran was born in 1918 in Hinsdale to Frank and Mary Drabbs. Foran lived in Hinsdale his entire life. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II in the Phillipines. He was involved with farming and ranching and worked for the Farmers Union. Foran married Alfreda Sigg in 1951 in Glasgow. He enjoyed reading, gardening and hunting with his kids.

Survivors include his wife Alfred of Hinsdale; 3 sons: Frank and his wife Khristi of Malta, Charles of Three Forks and George & his wife Darcie of Malta; 3 daughters: Nancy Salsbery and her husband Ross of Malta, Mary Drabbs of Portales, New Mexico, and Aline Yergler & her husband Gary of Kingston, Idaho; 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 2 sisters: Ethel Stender of Hinsdale and Mae Sanford of Miles City; 1 brother, Thomas Drabbs of San Diego, California.

Jake Neufeld

Jake Neufeld of Larslan died at age 90 on November 8th. He died at his home near Larslan of natural causes. Services will be at the Lustre Mennonite Brethren Church on Tuesday, November 13th at 11 a.m. with Pastor J. Epp officiating and with burial in the Lustre Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Jake was born in Omsk, Siberia, Russia, to Jacob and Amelia Neufeld. At the age of 4 he came to the Larslan area where his parents homesteaded. They lived their entire life there. They farmed and ranched and raised their family on their place. Jake married Ida Richert at Larslan in 1932. She died in 1997.

Jake dedicated his life to the Lord. He loved woodwork and construction of buildings. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He loved people and young people. Jake was a big sports fan for Lustre boys and girls. He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Jake was also active in fund raising efforts for the Glasgow area hospital. He was a member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, was Prsident of Lukes 100 and of the Church Council of the M.B. Church in Larslan, a position he held for 39 years. He served four terms on the board of the Lustre Bible Academy and is a past board member of the Valley County ASCS.

Survivors include 2 sons: Delford G. Neufeld and his wife Norma of Billings and Roy D. Neufeld and his wife Carol of Larslan; 2 daughters: Lois Dyck and her husband Harold of Wolf Point, and Karen Watterud and her husband Les of Colorado Springs; daughter-in-law Leona Neufeld of Billings; 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren , 1 great great grandchild; 2 brothers: John of Yuma, Arizona, and Art of Kalispell; and one sister, Emily of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jake was preceded in death by his wife Ida, one grandchild Jason, brothers Frank & Gus and sisters Katie Edwards and Anna Peters.

Lester Knapp

Lester Knapp, 88 years, a WW II Army veteran and retired farmer, died Monday, November 5, 2001 at the Country Home in Malta of natural causes. Funeral service will be 11 A.M., Friday, Nov. 9 at the Malta Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Malta Cemetary with Military Honors. Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of the arrangements.

Lester was born on March 23, 1913 in Verdel, Nebraska to Jesse and Luella M. (Collins) Knapp. At a few weeks his family moved to a homestead north of Saco where he was raised and educated. He attended country schools in the area. Lester married Vivian Tollefson on February 21, 1938 in Glasgow. They worked the family farm until he enlisted in the Army in 1942. He was stationed in Italy and earned Three Bronze Battle Stars for Naples-Foggia, Rome-ARNC and Southern France Campaigns. He returned to Saco after his discharge and purchased a farm north of the Sleeping Buffalo. Beside his farming he worked for other farmers, Saco Dehy and Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. They sold their farm in 1975 and retired to Malta where he enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens, playing cards, gardening and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian (Tollefson) Knapp of Malta; sons, Don (Leanne) Knapp of Culbertson, Raymond Knapp; sister Gretta Young of Malta; 4 grandchildren, Justin and Jon Knapp, Matt and Mike Frye.