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September 2003


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September Obituaries

Mock Disaster Drill Held Tuesday (Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2003 04:53 PM)

Gaming Helping Local Government Taxes (Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2003 07:16 AM)

Former Glasgow Resident (Posted Monday, September 29, 2003 11:31 AM)

Former Commissioner Dies (Posted Sunday, September 28, 2003 09:40 PM)

Glasgow Second Grader Battling Disease (Posted Saturday, September 27, 2003 09:17 AM)

Fire Restrictions Rescinded in Northeastern Montana (Posted Friday, September 26, 2003 06:28 AM)

Glasgow Man Faces Sex Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 04:43 PM)

Former Frazer Teacher Facing Sex Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 04:41 PM)

Glasgow Man Enters Plea Agreement (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 01:14 PM)

Glasgow Man Faces Felony Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 01:11 PM)

Chamber Holds Salmon Derby (Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2003 07:01 AM)


Mock Disaster Drill Held Tuesday (Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2003 04:53 PM)

The Valley County Disaster and Emergency Services conducted an All-Agency Community Disaster Drill on Tuesday afternoon in Glasgow.

The drill involved a school bus colliding with a semi-tractor trailer on a city street in Glasgow. The disaster drill assumes that the semi-trailer contains nitric acid and the school bus has ten occupants. The drill also assumed that after the collision the semi-trailer comes to rest near fuel tanks at an area fueling station and the truck's nitric acid is spilling onto the street.

The disaster drill involved all law enforcement agencies including the Glasgow Police Department, Valley County Sheriff's Department and the Montana Highway Patrol. Other entities involved include the Glasgow Fire Department, Valley County Long Run Fire Department and the Valley County HazMat team. The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital will also use the drill as a training exercise along with the National Weather Service.

According to Valley County DES coordinator Rick Seiler, the disaster drill is a great way to train all agencies who might be involved in any kind of disaster. Valley County DES conducts these disaster drills several times a year in Valley County.

Gaming Helping Local Government Taxes (Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2003 07:16 AM)

Gambling tax revenues continue to fill the coffers of local government according to figures from the state of Montana.

The numbers show that video gambling taxes brought in close to $48 million dollars to the state in fiscal year 2002. When video gambling began in Montana in 1992 gambling taxes brought in just over $24 million dollars.

Here in Valley County gambling taxes continue to provide local governments with a steady source of income. Valley County received $125,564 in gambling tax proceeds in fiscal year 2002. That's an increase of almost $19,000 from the previous year. The city of Glasgow received $112,916 in fiscal year 2002 compared to $116,578 in fiscal year 2001.

The gambling numbers also indicate that there are 24 gambling establishments in Valley County and a total of 164 video gambling machines.

Former Glasgow Resident (Posted Monday, September 29, 2003 11:31 AM)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that former Glasgow resident Del Weech has pleaded guilty in Federal Court to the charge of Bank Fraud. Weech will be sentenced in January of 2004.

In March a Federal Grand Jury in Billings returned an indictment which charged Weech with Bank Fraud. The indictment charged that during the time period from September 2001 to November 2001, Weech defrauded Independence Bank, Glasgow, Montana of $23,891.00. Weech systematically deposited non-sufficient funds checks into the account of Scottish Small Engine Repair and then wrote Independence Bank checks against these inflated account balances to convert the fraudulently obtained bank funds to his own use and benefit.

The investigation of Weech was conducted by the Glasgow office of the FBI and the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Former Commissioner Dies (Posted Sunday, September 28, 2003 09:40 PM)

Former Valley County Commissioner Ed Swanson passed away Friday in Rochester, Minnesota due to complications from heart surgery. He was 78.

Swanson served one term as Valley County Commissioner and was a long time Glasgow businessman and farmer and rancher.

Swanson was a World War II veteran who farmed and ranched in the Hinsdale area before starting the farm implement business Farm Equipment Sales in Glasgow. He also served as president of the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and president of the Montana Hardware and Implement Dealers Association. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW.

Swanson is survived by five children and 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for Tuesday at 2:00pm at the Methodist Church in Glasgow.

Glasgow Second Grader Battling Disease (Posted Saturday, September 27, 2003 09:17 AM)

Irle School is accepting donations to help defray medical costs for Dwayne Anderson. Dwayne is a 2nd grade student at Irle School and has been diagnosed with Stickler’s Syndrome and Neuro Fibromitosis. Dwayne has had 2 major brain surgeries and will be facing more medical tests and surgeries in the future.

If you are interested in making a donation for Dwayne at any time, you may place it in the “Change for the Better” container in the Irle School office or mail you donation to Irle School, P.O. Box 28, Glasgow, Montana, 59230. All funds will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.



Fire Restrictions Rescinded in Northeastern Montana (Posted Friday, September 26, 2003 06:28 AM)

Because of additional rainfall and cooler temperatures, fire restrictions in the Lewistown Restrictions area will be rescinded effective Saturday, September 27th at 1:00 a.m. This applies to all private, state and federal land within the counties of Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Chouteau, Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Wheatland and Golden Valley. Burn permits are still required for any debris burning and may have additional limits. Check with you local sheriff's office or fire department for information on burn permits.

The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group would like to remind the public when working and recreating outdoors to please continue to use extreme caution in order to decrease the chance of human-caused fires and avoid resource and property damage. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence may be held accountable for damage and suppression costs. Normal field activities such as off-road vehicle travel, smoking, the use of fires for warming and cooking, and even the firing of weapons can readily start fires under the right conditions. Hunters, recreationists and others are urged to take extra precautions to avoid starting a wildfire.

Extra precautions include parking vehicles in areas devoid of flammable fuels. Prior to leaving your vehicle check to insure that vegetation is not lodged on or around vehicle exhaust parts. When using equipment such as chain saws, never place the item down on vegetation when it is hot. Also ensure that the device has a properly installed and functional spark arrester. If you smoke, be aware of the vegetation around you. Try to smoke in bare areas, and when done smoking, extinguish your cigarette, cigar or pipe in a bare area. If you use a campfire be sure to follow safe campfire rules: clear the ground around the fire site, avoid using more fuel than necessary to keep your fire manageable, pay attention to where the smoke and sparks are drifting from your fire and extinguish your fire properly, ensuring it is dead out before leaving it. Also remember to carry a shovel and bucket in your vehicle to help extinguish a fire.

The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group coordinates fire restrictions on federal, state and private land in the Lewistown Restrictions Area, covering north-central and extreme northeastern Montana. The group includes representatives from the Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the counties in the area. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management at 406-538-7461; C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge at 538-8706; Lewis and Clark National Forest at 406-791-7700; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at 406-538-7789; your local office of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks or your local fire department or sheriff's office.

Glasgow Man Faces Sex Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 04:43 PM)

A Glasgow man who is facing 2 counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent has been diagnosed with incurable cancer and is currently residing in a nursing home in Hot Springs, Montana.

65-year old Franklin Nowman was charged in March with 2 counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent as the result of an investigation that revealed he'd had sexual relations with a 15-year old male during a 4-month period in 2002.

Court documents state that Nowman had sexual relations with several children in the Glasgow area over the 4-month period but the charged relate to incidents with the 15-year old male.

Nowman was released on his own recognizance in March and since then has been diagnosed with lung cancer that has spread to his brain according to court documents. The documents also state that Nowman has less than a year to live.

Even though charges are still pending against Nowman court proceedings have virtually stopped and no action is being taken to bring him to court on the felony and misdemeanor charges.

Former Frazer Teacher Facing Sex Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 04:41 PM)

Felony charges are still pending against 63-year old Richard Schuhrke who has been charged with having sexual relations with a male less than 16 years of age.

Schuhrke was charged with 4 felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and 3 misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges were filed this spring and Schuhrke was expected to go on trial on September 24th but that trial date was vacated earlier this month. No new trial date has been set.

Schuhrke was a school teacher in Frazer when the alleged incidents took place among children in the Glasgow area. The incidents took place from January through early spring of 2002 according to court documents. If convicted on one of the felony charges he could be sentenced to life in prison.

He currently lives in Idaho and is no longer in the education profession.

Glasgow Man Enters Plea Agreement On Assault Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 01:14 PM)

Gary Nordloh will be sentenced in District Court on Monday on one felony charge and two misdemeanors as the result of an incident that took place on January 31st of this year.

Nordloh is facing one charge of misdemeanor assault, one charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest and a felony charge of assault on a police officer.

Nordloh has entered into a plea agreement with the Valley County Attorney and the agreement will be presented to District Court Judge John McKeon on Monday. Judge McKeon can choose to accept the plea agreement or change the agreement.

Nordloh's plea agreement sentences him to six years with the Montana Department of Corrections with 3 years suspended. He will serve time at the state pre-release center in Butte. On the two misdemeanor charges he is sentenced to 60 days  in the Valley County Jail on each misdemeanor charge with credit for time served.
He will also pay full restitution for the police officers out of pocket medical expenses which totals $2,093.00.

Glasgow Man Faces Felony Charges (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 01:11 PM)

27-year old Glasgow resident Leighton Hughes has been officially charged with a felony charge of operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory.

Hughes will make his next appearance in District Court on October 20th.

According to court documents, Hughes engaged in procurement, possession or use of chemicals, supplies, or equipment for the criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs.

On July 25th the Glasgow Fire Department and Police Department were called to a report of smoke coming from a garage located at 831 3rd Avenue South. When authorities arrived at the scene they found Leighton Hughew inside the garage extinguishing the fire with a garden hose. The fire was contained before the Glasgow Fire Department arrived with their firetrucks. The Glasgow Fire Department and the Glasgow Police Department then investigated the cause of the fire and believed that the cause of the fire was methamphetamine. The Big Muddy River Drug Task Force was then called to the scene and confirmed that the garage was a clandestine drug lab.

Hughes was then arrested and taken to the Valley County Courthouse where he was given a complete Miranda warning and he signed a statement of rights and waiver of rights. Hughes was then interviewed by law enforcement authorities.

Hughes confessed to manufacturing amphetamines. He told authorities that some of the chemicals and other items in the garage were his and he had used to produce amphetamines in the past.

Hughes has been released on $10,000 bond and if convicted on the felony charge he could face a maximum fine of $50,000 and a prison term of up to 25 years.

Homecoming Schedule; Royalty Named (Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 06:17 AM)

Glasgow Homecoming schedule for this week:
Wednesday is Western Day
Thursday is Senior Citizen Day
Friday is Red & White Day

Coronation is Friday at 1:10pm, with the parade at 2:30. The Homecoming football game is Friday night at 7pm, against Harlem.

Homecoming queen candidates: Meagan Bates, Noel Olson, Jessie Vold
Homecoming king candidates: Randy Elletson, Nathan Hopstad, Adam Morehouse

South Dakota Man Dies In Accident (Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2003 05:28 PM)

A 56-year old South Dakota man died in a single vehicle accident 52 miles south of Glasgow early Monday morning.

According to the Valley County Sheriffs Department, Bruce Seeman was southbound on the Willow Creek Road when the 2000 Ford Ranger he was driving went off the road and overturned. Authorities believe the accident occurred sometime between midnight and 2am early Monday morning. Seaman was discovered by local hunters traveling on the same road at 5:45am. He was alive when the hunters came upon the scene but died before law enforcement officials and an ambulance arrived at the scene.

Authorities believe that slick roads due to rain on Monday morning contributed to the accident.

Chamber Holds Salmon Derby (Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2003 07:01 AM)

On Saturday, September 20th, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held their 2nd Annual Salmon Derby at the Fort Peck Marina. A total of 11 teams signed up for the event, with 2 salmon caught this year.

First place went to John Rorvik & Jim Rorvik, both of Nashua, who caught 12 5/8 pounds. They won $450.

Second place went to Allen Leppink (Billings) & Mike Ahnet (Miles City) with 10 1/16 pounds. They won $270.

Winning the luck of the draw was a Williston, North Dakota, team: Jacob Morris & Chris Oster, who took home $160. They also won the Scotty Downrigger.

The Johnnie Cafe team of Mitch Hall and Charlie Long won the case of oil.

The Chamber wishes to thank the tournament sponsors: D & G Sports & Western, Coca-Cola Bottling, Sinclair Distributors, Gateway Inn, Fort Peck Marina, Cottonwood Inn and Scotty Downriggers.

Senate Passes $10 Million For Fort Peck Fish Hatchery Thu Sep 18, 2003

(Washington, D.C.) -Montana Senator Max Baucus helped secure an additional $8 million for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery today as the Senate passed 98-0 the energy and water spending bill for fiscal year 2004.
Baucus put funding for the hatchery as his "top priority" in the spending bill because, he said, the project will help "create jobs and boost the economy in northeastern Montana."

"I'm glad Max put the hatchery as his number one priority," said Chuck Lawson, chairman of Citizens for Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. "From the beginning, Max and the delegation have been a driving force in Congress for the hatchery. Max clearly understands how important this hatchery will be to jobs, recreation, and the economy in this area - and all of eastern Montana. Getting these funds is great news, and we're hopeful we can get the hatchery finished as soon as possible."

Baucus urged Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Ranking Member Harry Reid (D-Nev.), to include funds for the hatchery.

Reid, the top Democrat on the panel, said Baucus has been "doggedly determined for years to get this project done."

"Max has been all over us for the past three years to get funds for the Hatchery," Reid said. "Folks in Montana, and proponents of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery in particular, have real asset in Max. He's working extremely hard, and today's vote shows he's been effective. This project sill has a long way to go, but you can count on Max to work together to get it done."

To date, Baucus and Montana's Congressional delegation have secured $7.5 million -- $1.5 million in fiscal year 2002 and $6 million in fiscal year 2003 - to design and build the $20-million Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. Roughly $12.5 million is needed to complete the project.

"This is a huge step forward," Baucus said. "Getting these funds passed by the full Senate will help our chances of them being signed into law by President Bush. Now it will be up to Conrad, Denny, and I to defend these funds as they continue through the process. It's clear this hatchery will help boost recreation and the economies in northeast Montana."

A senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Baucus was instrumental in getting the hatchery project approved by Congress as part of the 2000 Water Resources Development Act.

Once completed, the Peck Fish Hatchery will support native fish recovery and warm-water fish such as walleye and small-mouth bass, as well as other species that have been hit by heavy fishing pressure and low water levels in recent years. The hatchery will be located on 100 acres of federal land south of the Dredge Cuts area in Fort Peck and is a partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Citizens for a Fort Peck Hatchery, and Montana Walleyes Unlimited.

The funds now go before a joint House-Senate conference committee before being sent to President Bush for his signature.

Bagpipers Coming Back To Glasgow (Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2003 10:46 PM)

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is once again bringing the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band to Glasgow to perform for Glasgow Homecoming activities.

The band will perform during the Homecoming Parade, half-time of the football game and for the Pub Crawl.
It costs the Glasgow Chamber $1900 to bring the Pipe Band to Glasgow and they are asking the public to help with the cost.

Donation cans have been placed throughout Glasgow and the public is asked to help with a small donation to help defray the cost of bringing the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band to Glasgow.

For more information contact the Glasgow Chamber at 228-2222.

Northwestern Pays Back Taxes (Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2003 10:44 PM)

The same day the Northwestern Corporation filed for bankruptcy the companies subsidiary, Northwestern Energy, paid in full all the back taxes owed to Valley County.

Last week Kltz/Klan reported that Northwestern Energy owed over $126,000 in back taxes to Valley County. On Monday the parent company Northwestern Corporation filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy making Valley County officials a little uneasy wondering if they would ever see the back taxes owed to the county.

But according to Valley County Commissioner Dave Reinhardt, the county received a payment of $126,551.81 from Northwestern Energy. This payment makes the company all paid up in taxes owed to the county.

Tucker Dees Update (Posted Friday, September 12, 2003)
(Ed. note: the following is a message from the Dees family)
To Our Wonderful Community-
We wanted to drop a line and give you an update on tucker. In mid-August we returned Salt Lake City for assessment tests and MRI scans and the doctors were very, very pleased with Tucker’s response to treatment. We then returned to Billings and settled in for continuing chemotherapy. Tucker began the first of six 28-day cycles on August 21st. He spends the first 2-3 days in the hospital getting chemo drugs and then the remainder of the cycle is spent recovering. Providing his blood counts are adequate, his next cycle should begin September 18. So far he is doing well, other than the predicted “bottoming out” of his blood counts about 10 days after chemo. It is anticipated that after each 2 cycles of chemo, we will return to Salt Lake City for MRI’s.

Rod has returned home to work and will travel back to Billings on his days off. Tucker and Deb are staying in Billings with Deb’s mom and step-Dad. You can find us in care of:
Werner & Lois Schmitt
859 South Heights Lane
Billings, MT 59105
(406) 245-4758

We would like to take this opportunity to again say our sincerest thanks to each and every one for the incredible support. Every card, phone-call, care package, financial contribution or kind deed has impacted us more than you’ll ever know. Most of all, we thank you for your prayers. Our faith in God is solid, and we ask that you continue to pray and believe with us for Tucker’s complete recovery.

May God bless each of you -
The Dees Family

Record Number Of GHS Alumni Receive Gifts (Posted Friday, September 12, 2003)
Trustees of the GHS Educational Trust recently announced that they had granted financial assistance to 62 GHS alumni who will be attending college or vocational/technical school in the 2003-2004 academic year. This is the largest number of students the Trust has ever helped in one academic year. These students attend 27 different institutions in nine different states. Since its inception in 1964, the Trust has awarded financial gifts worth over $600,000 to over 500 students.

The Trust also gave $7,900 to GHS to assist with the purchase of the following equipment: 20 TI-83 Plus calculators for the Math Department; 6 heart rate monitors, 6 pedometers, a body fat analyzer, and step aerobics equipment for the Health Education Department; one half of the cost of a new computer, 2 video cameras, a still camera and other accessories for the English/Media Department. Every student of GHS will benefit from these gifts in some way. The total value of the Trust’s gifts to GHS now exceeds $90,000.

Many generous donors from across the United States have built the Trust’s corpus to over $1.7 million dollars. The interest on these gifts in awarded semi-annually through an application process administered by the Trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st and November 1st of each year. Awards made at the July meeting are for both semesters of the upcoming year, whereas those made at the November meeting are for the spring semester only.

Students in their second year of college or second semester of vocational/technical school are eligible. The awards are based primarily on need, rather than scholarship, and average students in good standing who are showing progress toward the completion of their degrees are given equal consideration. Recipients are always reminded that these gifts should encourage them to return the favor by donating to the Trust when they are able to do so.

Whenever the Trust receives memorials or honorariums that total $500 or more in the name of a particular individual, a gift to a student or a department of GHS is given in memory, honor or recognition of that person. Donations of $10,000 or more provide an annual naming opportunity.

For more information about the Trust, or an application, please contact: Danielle Anderson (406) 228-4203.; Jeanine Markle (406) 228-2858; Doris Leader (406) 228-9391 or (406) 746-3432 or Linda Allie (406) 228-8561.

Big Sky To Downsize (Posted Friday, September 12, 2003 09:50 AM)

Big Sky Airlines says it will downsize its fleet and air operations next month. Big Sky's Executive Vice President Craig Denney says the fleet will be cut by a third -- going from fifteen planes to ten. Denney says he's not sure how many jobs will be lost because of the move. The downsizing takes effect October 4th as the company tries to break even financially. Big Sky Airlines is based in Billings. It currently serves twelve cities in Montana. (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

New Region 6 biologist is devoted to non-game species (Posted Friday, September 12, 2003 09:40 AM)

Where do Swainson’s hawks go when they leave Montana each fall? Where can you find a leopard frog in February? What’s the favorite food of a swift fox?

Most folks who hunt Montana’s wildlife probably don’t think much about animals without stately antlers or juicy tenderloins, but Ryan Rauscher wants more people to think about non-game critters, animals that often live in closer proximity to people than deer or antelope do.

Rauscher is a Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ native species biologist who recently relocated to Glasgow. He will focus on non-game species and issues, furbearers and threatened and endangered species across Region 6. His domain includes species as distinct as prairie dogs and bald eagles, swift fox and least terns. You may already know something of Rauscher’s work; he writes a monthly wildlife column, “Critter Questions”, that runs in the Great Falls Tribune, Missoulian and other Montana newspapers.

Rauscher is a native Montanan and grew up in rural Teton County, attending one of the last one-room schoolhouses in the county before finishing high school in Choteau.

“I grew up on a dryland farm and ranch, then worked on the ranch and operated heavy equipment after high school,” says Rauscher. “I went back to college sort of late in life and got both my bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Montana State.”

A love of the outdoors and its contents drew Rauscher to Fish, Wildlife & Parks. His graduate work researched the use of irrigated alfalfa fields by white-tailed and mule deer. For the past 8 years he’s worked in the department’s non-game program, first as a wildlife technician and, for the last two years, as a biologist based in Great Falls. When that position was cut by the 2003 Legislature, Rauscher took the Glasgow job.

“I’ve always been interested in non-game species,” he says. “So little is known about them, and some of these species have very interesting natural histories.”

For instance, the Swainson’s hawk migrates more than 5,000 miles each fall to winter in Argentina. Leopard frogs survive eastern Montana’s tough winters by burrowing in mud at the bottoms of lakes and streams. Swift fox prey on mice, voles and jackrabbits found in their prairie habitat.

Rauscher takes more than a clinical interest in wildlife. He’s an avid hunter and trapper and an “opportunistic” birder. He has three children, ages 12, 10 and 5, and is active in youth activities, including football, wrestling, swimming and Boy Scouts.


Northwestern Energy Still Owes Back Taxes (Posted Thursday, September 11, 2003 05:10 PM)

Northwestern Energy owes more than $126,000 in back taxes to Valley County according to the Valley County Commissioners.

Northwestern is facing financial problems and is behind with their taxes to most Montana counties. According to the Valley County Treasurer the company recently made a payment of $17,414 but still owes $126,551.81. The company is paying a 2% penalty plus interest is accruing on a daily basis.

The commissioners hope to complete the counties budget this week and they told Kltz/Klan that the non-payment of taxes hasn't changed their budget planning but they will have to use county reserves until the taxes are paid.

Council Votes Not To Increase Sewer & Water Rates (Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2003 10:06 AM)

The Glasgow City Council reversed itself Monday evening and rejected an increase in water and sewer rates for Glasgow residents.

The council had proposed increasing water and sewer rates by almost $2 a month starting in November.

At Monday night's council meeting a very vocal group of citizens expressed their anger at the proposed increase and asked the council what specific plans the city had for the increased revenue. The citizens were concerned that the city would use the increased revenue to pay for a new water metering system that could cost up to $500,000.

Glasgow Mayor Willy Zeller told the group that the council has no specific plans for the increased revenue but they are trying to build up reserves in case a specific problem arises. The city is in the need of a new metering system but this increase in water and sewer rates wouldn't come close to covering the cost of the new system according to the Mayor.

The Mayor also told the group that the last increase in water and sewer rates occurred in 1999 and Glasgow water is relatively cheap compared to other cities and towns. The Mayor said the cost of water in Glasgow is 47th in the state compared to other municipalities.

After the public hearing the city council voted unanimously against the ordinance which would have increased the rates. They decided the public needs to be better informed on what the city will do with the increased revenue and will start a new public relations plan and look to increase rates in early 2004.

Commercial Tree-Trimmer Killed On The Job In Glasgow (Posted Monday, September 8, 2003 11:41 AM)

(AP) A Glasgow man was electrocuted last evening, while trimming trees at a home in Glasgow.

The Valley County sheriff says 40-year-old Ronald Stensland was a commercial tree-trimmer. Sheriff Glen Meier says Stensland was using a chain saw with an extension, and was on an aluminum ladder. He says the chain saw came in contact with a power line, and Stensland was killed.

Meier says no one saw the accident, but two of Stensland's employees, working on the other side of the house, heard what sounded like a thunder clap. They went to investigate, and found Stensland dead, still in the tree. The sheriff says it happened about 6:30 last evening. Meier is also the county coroner, and he says it's being ruled an accidental death by electrocution. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.(

Man Dies In Highway 2 Rollover (Posted Sunday, September 7, 2003 03:18 PM)

A 20-year old man visiting from out-of-state was killed Saturday morning after the pickup he was driving rolled several times 7 miles west of Glasgow.

The driver of the vehicle was eastbound on Highway 2 around 7:30am in a Dodge truck when he failed to negotiate a right turn and went off the road. The vehicle rolled several times and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. He died later Saturday at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

A 20-year old passenger was also transported to the hospital and the Great Falls Tribune is reporting that he is in serious condition.

No names have been released by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Record Setting Year For Relay For Life (Posted Friday, September 5, 2003 07:06 AM)

The Northeast Montana Relay for LIfe was a record setter once again this year with over $40,000 raised for the American Cancer Society. According to Rod Karst one of the organizers of the event, the per capita amount of money raised was $5.33 per person in northeast Montana and that was largest amount in the state of Montana.

The Relay for Life was held last month in Glasgow and has always been a huge success with much support from the community.

The Richland County Relay for Life raised $5.05 per capita while Miles City raised $4.96 per capita. These two communities ranked second and third in per capita donations according to the American Cancer Society.

Salmon Derby Set For September 20th (Posted Thursday, September 4, 2003 07:07 AM)

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Salmon Derby on Fort Peck Lake later this month.

The derby takes place on Saturday, September 20th with an entry fee of $100 for a two person team and a 80% payback.

Prizes will be based on most weight of total catch of up to 3 salmon.
The salmon run on Fort Peck Lake is one of the biggest in recent years.

For more information contact the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 406-228-2222.

Air Service Program Approved By Subcommittee (Posted Thursday, September 4, 2003 06:35 AM)

Montana Senator Max Baucus today hailed a Senate subcommittee for fully funding the Essential Air Service program for fiscal year 2004.

The Bush Administration previously proposed cutting the program that serves seven Montana communities by more than 50 percent and shifting some of the costs of the program to states.

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and General Government approved spending $102 million nationally on the program. Of that amount, Baucus said Montana will get about $5 million to continue air service to rural communities.

Baucus wrote to the leaders of the subcommittee on Aug. 29 and said the program is vital to transportation to and from rural communities and is critical to jobs and Montana’s economy.

“ As you finalize the Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation and Treasury Appropriations bill, I respectfully urge you to restore funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program to the same level as Fiscal Year 2003 and dismiss any attempt to shift funding responsibility to the states,” Baucus wrote. “EAS is a vital part of Montana’s transportation infrastructure and an equally important part of our economy.”

The EAS program channels funds directly to commuter and regional airlines to provide air service to small communities that otherwise would not receive air service. In Montana, Big Sky Airlines provides air service to the seven EAS communities: Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney and Wolf Point.

The Bush budget called for spending only $50 million for essential air service across the country.

The Administration also proposed requiring states more than 210 miles from a major hub, like Denver or Salt Lake City, to match 10 percent of the cost of the service. Baucus said all seven Montana communities that receive EAS funding would have been adversely affected by that new rule. 

“ It looks like we beat back that plan, which would have meant the end to EAS in Montana,” Baucus said. “Now we must work to secure additional funds for the program. I’m committed to fighting for EAS because it is so important to jobs and our economy.”

The spending bill must now be considered by the full Senate Appropriations Committee before being debated by the U.S. Senate.   

Seven West Nile Human Cases Reported (Posted Thursday, September 4, 2003 06:30 AM)

Health officials say Montana's number of human cases of West Nile virus has climbed to 68. Valley County has the most with seven. Big Horn, Prairie, Roosevelt and Rosebud each have six cases.

So far, cases have been confirmed in 22 of Montana's 56 counties. Cascade County's four cases are the westernmost in the state. No deaths have been reported.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services also says that 114 cases of the virus has showed up in horses. Yellowstone County accounts for just under one-fifth of those. Three cases of the virus have been confirmed in birds. West Nile is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause head and body aches, fever and rashes. In rare instances, it can cause brain swelling and death. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Richland Man Dies In Rollover (Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2003 06:13 AM)

A vehicle drifted off Montana 24 north of Opheim and overturned, killing the driver and boosting the Montana highway toll to 174. That's five ahead of last year's pace.

The man has been identified as 24-year-old Clint Nelson from Richland. He was killed Tuesday morning when his northbound car drifted off the road, he overcorrected and then rolled the vehicle. Nelson was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

Two West Nile Virus Cases Reported In Valley County (Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003 08:26 AM)

West Nile Virus is here in Valley County, in mosquitoes, and during August 24-30, the first 2 human cases were identified. Seven out of eight test sites for mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is not cause for panic, but people need to be aware and take measures to protect themselves from this disease. Prevention of misquitoes and their bite is necessary to avoid transmission of this disease.

Most people who get infected do not get sick. Some get a mild, flue-like illness. In rare cases, the virus can affect the brain and spinal cord and can be fatal. It is spread from the bite of an infected mosquito, not from person to person. Older people and others with weakened immune systems are most at risk for severe illness, but West Nile Virus can affect anyone.
Stopping mosquitoes is the key to stopping West Nile Virus. Limit their habitat. Empty sources of standing water.

Keep mosquitoes off you. When possible, stay indoors at dusk, dawn, and other times of heavy mosquito activity. Wear long sleeves, pants and socks. Light colored clothing is best.
Use insect repellant properly. Know the symptoms of West Nile Virus. If any symptoms appear, they generally show in three to fifteen days.

Mild symptoms may include: fever, headache, body aches, rash or swollen glands. See your health care provider to determine if treatment is necessary.

Severe symptoms may include: high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, confusion, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma. Severe cases may require hospitalization.

Remember, West Nile Virus is not cause for panic, but cause for increased awareness to protect yourself and those in your care. If you have any general questions regarding West Nile Virus, you may call the Valley County Health Department at 228-2461. For specific health concerns, contact your health care provider.


E. Floyd Doke

E. Floyd Doke, 93, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, MT from natural causes. Services will be
Monday, October 6, 2003 at 11am at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, MT. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT is in charge of arrangements.

E. Floyd Doke was born July 7, 1910 in Alboin, OK to Clifford and Lucille Doke. He moved to Plentywood at the age of three. Then to Thoeny in 1914 where he finished the 8th grade. Floyd's family moved to 6th Point on the Missouri River in 1925. He married Mary Pointer on June 17, 1933. They then moved to 7th Point where they raised cattle and grew hay. The Fort Peck Dam backed the water over the bottom lands so they were forced to Square Deal, near Fort Peck where Floyd worked on the Dam. They wintered their cows on the Fred Potter place along the Milk River and summered on Willow Creek. A daughter Doris was born April 25, 1939 and they moved to the Dick Richardson Place on the Milk River, that belonged to Floyd's father Clifford. In 1940, they bought the place. A son Floyd was born October 10, 1944 and a daughter Loretta February 24, 1947. They rented the Maybee place on Cherry Creek and used it for hay and pasturing cows. Floyd worked for Art Olds drilling wells, Roy Smith running a threshing machine and Leo Hatcher sawing lumber for people on the Missouri River.

E. Floyd Doke is survived by sons, Cliff Doke of Manassis, VA and Shorty Doke of Glasgow, MT; daughters, Loretta Doke of Glasgow, MT and Doris Sherwood of Spokane, WA; 9 grandchilren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1995, his son, Pleas Doke, in 1994, and one granddaughter, Mary Bosio, in 1978.

Judy Jimison

Judy Jimison, 59, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2003 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, MT from natural causes. Services will be Saturday, September 27, 2003 at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, MT with Reverend Walter Paden officiating. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT is in charge of arrangements. Judy Jimison was born January 1, 1944 in Glasgow, MT to Dell and Purvie (Davis) Jimison. She was the last of 13 children and two of her brothers and three sisters are still living. Her parents moved to the Fort Peck area during the construction of the Fort Peck Dam and Judy was born shortly after it was completed. Dell died in 1949, only 5 years after Judy was born. Judy, her sister Pat, and her mother attended services in 1953 when the Church of Christ was established. Judy and her mother were faithful in attendance and Judy was baptized at the age of 20. Her mother Purvie died in August of 1973. Judy moved into a group home in Glasgow and worked at the Milk River Activity Center. Judy was faithful in church attendance and was serious in her beliefs. She really enjoyed going to Malta for Third Sunday Fellowships and other places out of Glasgow. Judy really had a good memory and could relate to things that happened many years back. Judy lived with her sister Pat Woolery for 5 years and has lived the past year at Valley View. Judy is survived by Sisters: Pat Woolery of Glasgow, MT, Marlene Gates and her husband George of Kalama, WA, Wilma Young and Harley Rongstad of Conrad, MT. Brothers: Jack Jimison and his wife Margaret of Kilso, WA and George Jimison and his wife Margaret of Salome, AZ. All of her nieces and nephews and all of her special friends. Judy was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

William B. Fastje Jr

William B. Fastje Jr., 75, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at his home in Glasgow, MT from natural causes. Services will be Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 11:00am at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, MT. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT is in charge of arrangements.

William B. Fastje Jr. was born June 9, 1928 in Havre, MT to William Fastje Sr. and Edna (Wilson) Fastje. He was raised in Havre and lived in Seattle, Alaska, and Billings before coming to Glasgow in the early 1960's. He owned the Stockman Bar in Glasgow, 2 car dealerships, and 2 wrecking yards. He also owned cattle, sold motorcycles, tractors, ATV's and whatever else he found. He owned a RV Park in Glacier Park, had real estate investments, and was proprietor to Nickel Bill's Casino. Bill was a member of the Elks, VFW, and Senior Citizens, liked to travel, and enjoyed cattle ranching and teasing people. During World War II he was in Japan as part of the Occupation Army. Bill was married in Seattle to Shirley Schedstedt in April of 1952 with whom they had 4 children. They were divorced in 1958. He then married Lillian Mattson on July 30, 1960. She passed away in 1992.

William is survived by his special companion Bonnie Breitbach of Circle, MT. Daughters: Teri Hollingsworth of Orange, CA and Kathy Fastje of Tucson, AZ. Sons: Ralph Fastje of Tucson, AZ and Mark Fastje of Tucson, AZ. Step-children: Bobbie Stewart of Boise, ID and Connie Hammers of Colorado Springs, CO. 18 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. Brothers: Fran Fastje of Yuma, AZ and Bud Palmer of Salt Lake City, UT. Sisters: Betty Robinson of Hot Springs, MT and Barbara Kent of Gillette, WY.

Edward Arthur Saindon

Edward Arthur Saindon, 86, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. He passed away from a long bout with cancer and kidney failure. Services will be Monday, September 21, 2003 at the St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT with Reverand Thad Kozikowski. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Saindon was born October 21, 1916, in Malta MT to Emile J. and Cora Ida Saindon. Ed's father had moved from Kansas and homesteaded southeast of Malta in 1908. The family lived there until 1922 and then moved to Havre where Ed and his brother and sister attended St. Jude Thadaeus Sisters' School. In 1927 the family moved back to their homestead, and Ed attended South Strater Country School. 1929, Ed's father got a job with Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU) and was foreman on the project to put gas into the town of Malta. In 1930 the Saindon family moved to Glasgow, MT, where Ed's father continued to work for MDU as serviceman. Ed attended Glasgow schools and played on the high school football team. He graduated in 1936 and shortly thereafter went to work for MDU. Over the next 45 years he worked at various jobs with the gas department. When he returned from active duty, at the end of World War II, he was promoted to the job of serviceman, taking the position his deceased father had held for many years. He became gas superintendent of the Bowdoin division in 1959, and Glasgow district manager of MDU in 1978, a position he held until his retirement in 1981. Ed served from 1942 through 1945 as a petty officer first class in the U. S. Navy (Seabees) in the South Pacific during World War II. He had been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) since January 1944. He was a sharpshooter of some standing, and was active with the Glasgow Rifle Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and for many years spent his leisure time at his cabin on Fort Peck Lake. As a noted snake hunter, and authority on the five varieties of snake that inhabit the regions, Ed was was invited to present many programs on snakes at school as well as for many organizations in northeast Montana. Ed married Judy (Paulson) April 28, 1973. He continued to resided in Glasgow after his retirement and the couples spent their summers at Fort Peck Lake. He was a member of the Catholic Church, Elks Lodge 1922, served on the board of the Glasgow Housing Authority, and was a member, president, and director of the local Lions Club.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Roy, and sister Victorine. He is survived by his wife Judy, his nieces Dolores Johnson of Tucson, AZ; Gloria Fuhrman of St. Marie; Marie Fuhrman of Helena, and nephews Johnson of Phoenix, David Saindon of Mt Home, ID; Gary Saindon of Billings; Robert Saindon of Wolf Point, and many grand and great grand nephews.

Dorothy May Speer

Dorothy May Speer, 73, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2003 here in her home Southeast of Glasgow from natural causes. Services will be Saturday, September 20, 2003 at Bell Chapel in Glasgow at 10:00am. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Speer was born August 30, 1930 in Shelby, MT to John Henry Flynn and Vesta May Flynn. She was raised in Oilmont and then moved into Shelby, MT. She married Robert Speer on June 29, 1948 in Shelby, MT. She lived in Bozeman, White Sulphur Springs, Harlowton, Dillon, Sweetgrass, Dutton, Vaughn, and Great Falls while Bob was with the Montana Highway Patrol. Then they moved to Iran where Dorothy was a nurse for Grumman Aircraft. They have lived in Glasgow since 1969. She and Bob farmed most of their life, in Vaughn, Dillon and then Glasgow. She loved stamp collecting and coin collections, metal detecting, antiques, garage sales and auctions, fishing in the mountains and camping. She was the first licensed EMT in Montana.

She is survived by her sons Greg Speer and his wife Rose of Fort Peck, MT and Duke Speer of Glasgow, MT, her daughter Debbie Fleig and her husband Alex of Missoula, MT and her grandchildren Zebulon Speer and Kaylee Nicola Fleig.

Martha Louise Anderson

Martha Louise Anderson, 77, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2003 here in Glasgow, MT from natural causes. Services will be Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at Our Redeemer Luthern Church in Nashua, MT at 1:00pm with Reverand Martin Mock officiating. Bell mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Louise Anderson was born April 6, 1926 in Durham, KS to David Weinmeister and Mary Weinmeister. She moved with her family to Nashua and attended schools there. She graduated from Nashua High School. On February 11, 1945, Martha and Rufus Anderson in Glasgow, MT. They farmed and ranched in the Nashua area. From 1982 to 1994 Martin and Rufus wintered in Apache Junction, AZ. She loved to take pictures, video cameras, sunsets, cats, shopping, and she especially liked to travel.

Martha is survived by Sons; Larry Anderson of Nashua, MT and David Anderson and his wife Carolyn of Nashua, MT. Daughter, Rita Anderson of Glasgow, MT. Grandchildren; Rebecca Calamar of Nashua, MT, Nik Anderson of Nashua, MT, and Janna Calamar of Nashua, MT. Brother, Victor Weinmeister of Nashua, MT. Sisters, Mary Rawe of Bozeman, MT and Pauline Wagner of Bozeman, MT. Martha was preceded in death by her husband Rufus in 1997 and brothers Ed Weinmeister, Harry Weinmeister, Paul Weinmeister, Harvey, Davind Weinmeister.

Pallbearers: Ron Weinmeister, Don Weinmeister, Scott Forbes, Lavour Anderson, Roger Waarvik, Ron Garwood. Honorary Pallbearers; Tom Hay, Edgar Garwood, Vick Weinmeister, Nick Petros, Tom Hansen, Matt Corbett.

Ruby Maxine Sibley

Ruby Maxine Sibley, 79, passed away Tuesday, September 9th, 2003 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT by natural causes. Services will be Saturday, September 13th, 2003 at 3:00pm at Our Redeemer Luthern Church in Nashua, MT with Reverand Martin Mock officiating. . Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Maxine (Turner) Sibley was born Jan. 11, 1924, daughter of Ora Maude and George Washington Turner. Her folks came from Cross Timbers, Missouri, and homestead North of Jordan. The original family home was made of sod, and then was updated to wood, except for her bedroom. Her father passed away, and they moved to the Fort Peck Dam in the early 30's. Ruby attended schools in Jordan, Frazer, and Glasgow. In 140 she met and married Fred Bud Sibley, with whom she had seven children. They farmed from 1948-1978 in the Wiota area, during which time she raised children, gardened and sewed for the family. she even managed to run the Frazer Dormitory for two years. She worked at AVCO as a superviser for a number of years, and also at the Nashua school cafeteria. Ruby enjoyed many hobbies: gardening (especially flowers), quilting, crochet, building birdhouses, birds, kachina dolls...You name it, she could make it, but she mastered geneology and painting. We don't know how she found time for all of her many interests, but her main devotion in live was her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud, son Norman, sister Myrel Feigel, brothers Arnold, Glenn, Melvin, Doyle and Donald Turner. Her survivors include Duane and Linda Sibley. Wanda Sibley, Dwight and Carol Sibley, Sharon and Larry Lloyd, butch and Julie Sibley, Linda and Danny Shumway, all of the Nashua Glasgow area, and Earl and Kathy Sibley of Billings, and a sister, Thelma and Joe Takanaka, of Miles City, brother-in-law, Fred Feigel of Reno, NV, and sisters-in-law, Juanita Turner of Glasgow and Clara Turner of Wolf Point, along with 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be one grandson from each of her children, Cole Sibley, Norman Sibley, Craig Sibley, Duane Lloyd, Sanders Shumway, Shawn Sibley and Joe Sibley with alternate pallbearers being Wesley and Jordon Sibley and Kirk Sibley, and Larry S. Lloyd, along with all her grans and greats as honorary pallbearers. She has always cherished her special friends in Nashua and the surrounding area.

Leonard Daley

Leonard Daley, 90, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at the Kennewick Washington Life Care Center. Cremation has taken place and memorial services were held August 11, 2003 at Mueller Chapel in Kennewick. Memorial Service here in Glasgow, MT will take place Monday, September 15th, 2003 at 11:00am at Bell Chapel.

Leonard was born on January 24, 1913, in Upham, North Dakota, to John and Rose Daley. He grew up north of Nashua, where he attended Spring Valley School. He was employed in the construction of Fort Peck Dam, and married Thelma Halstead of Nashua in 1937. Four sons were born to this union. He later farmed in the Larslan area, where he was also a grain hauler and piloted his own plane. The couple later moved to Benton City, WA where Thelma died in 1955. He married Dorothy Gensinger in Wenatchee, WA in 1959. Leonard was employed as an electrician and continued to enjoy flying. Following retirement, he and Dorothy enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy, brothers Earl Daley of Glasgow, MT and Floyd Daley of Watford, ND, and sisters Doris Maae of Glasgow, and Florence Cecil of Moses Lake, WA. Also surviving are his sons Vernon Daley of Ridgecrest, CA, Buckey Daley of Seattle, WA, and Larry Daley of Kennewick, WA as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his his parents, first wife Thelma, a son Wesley, brothers Lester, Glen, and Norman Daley and his sister Violet Allison.

Leonard returned to Glasgow yearly to visit family and close friends. He also enjoyed spending time in North Dakota to visit his many cousins and attend the Norsk Hostfest. He always enjoyed dancing to Cap Holter's band. How happy he would be to know that Cap is here today playing his accordion in celebration of Leonard's memory.

Bertha Pearl Edwards

Bertha Pearl Edwards, 95, passed away peacefully on September 8th, 2003 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, MT. At Bertha's request, cremation has taken place and services are planned for a later date.

Bertha Edwards lived a very long and happy life. Bertha was born April 15, 1908 in Faxton, North Dakota to Frank and Belle Henderson Edwards. Bertha lived many places, from Canada to Texas and back to Montana making many friends along the way. She eventually established Nashua, MT as her home, working for many years as a bartender and as a meat cutter. she could tell some wild stories about the Fort Peck Dam days. After retiring in the late 1960's, she began to split her time between Fort Peck and Mesa, AZ, living with her long time companion, Lola Useman. Bert and Lola were famous friends, lovingly referred to by their friends as "The Girls." Together they pursued many interests such as art, travel and fine dining. Bertha became an artist of considerable notability, placing her painting in shows, selling her work as well as donating pieces for fundraisers. She had a great love of animals, often feeding neighbors pets and homeless strays. It was common to visit her and find unfamiliar animals in the house. The Pug was her favorite breed of dog. Following Lola's passing in 1988, Bertha and her sister Flora continued to spend time in Arizona in the winter months and at their cabin on the Lake during the summer. In 1999, they made the final move back to Montana. Bertha left her beloved cabin at Fort Peck Lake and moved to Nemont Manor in 1999 and on to Valley View Home in 2002.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Percival Abbot; Ellsworth, Russell and Marvin Edwards, sisters, Lorine Littlefield and most recently Flora Gordon. She is survived by many nieces and nephews including, Dr. Gary Gordon and his wife Lucia of Templeton, CA and Arlie Gordon and his wife Janice of Fort Peck. Also surving are several great great nieces and nephews including Shawnee, Eric, Tristan & Courtney Wildey, Chance, Debra & Sebastain Gordon, Annie Strommen, Jennie & Paul Yoakam and good friends Jim and Mickie Hines and family of Glasgow and Arizona. Aunt Bert was so grateful for the exceptional care and friendship received at both Nemont Manor and Valley View Home, she love you all like family. Her sharp wit and the twinkle in her eye will be greatly missed.

Ronald Lee Stensland

Ronald Lee Stensland, 40, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2003 in Glasgow, MT by an electrocution accident. Services will be Friday, September 12, 2003 at 2:00pm at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow, MT with Reverand Martin Mock officiating. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Stensland was born July 26, 1963 in glasgow, MT to Donald Ralph Stensland and Marjorie Ann Stensland. He lived in Valley County except when he was in the US Army. He served at Fort Sill, OK., Fort Carson, CO, and in Korea for 2 years. Later Ron worked security in Everett, WA before coming back to Glasgow. As a child, Ron was climbing trees. If you needed to find him, you looked up, not down. He loved tools, liked to cook, and enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, computers, stock car racing, and the "Demolition Derby." He was owner and operator of Stensland Tree Service and cut firewood during the winters. He enjoyed visiting with everybody and enjoyed making people laugh.

Ron was survived by his mother Marjorie A. Stensland of Glasgow, MT, brother Donald Stensland of Glasgow, MT, aunt Janet Schweigert of Billings, MT, niece Laura A. Stensland of Billings, MT and nephews Drew Thomas of Billings, MT and Cody Lee Stensland of Billings, MT.

Mary Lou Wagenhals

Mary Lou Wagenhals, 75, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. Services will be Friday, September 12, 2003 at 11:00am at the First Methodist Church in Glasgow, MT and Reverand Dave Hodson will be officiating. Burial will be at the Highland Cemetary in Glasgow and Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Wagenhals was born November 7, 1927 in Glasgow, MT to Charles and Linda Alley. After 12 years of schooling in Glasgow she attended college in Bozeman and the Great Falls Deaconess Hospital nursing school. She graduated in 1948 as a Registered Nurse. She returned to Glasgow to work at the local hospital and watched it grow into a great medical facility. She was very proud of it. She also worked at Dr. Gregory's Clinic, a great challenge. Mary Lou married her classmate, Dick Wagenhals, on June 3, 1951 in Glasgow and they had two children, Gayle and Dana. After retirement she and Dick traveled extensively and enjoyed it so much. Dick died on December 14, 2000 and ill health the last few years limited her activities but she was blessed with good friends and family that made it tolerable.

Mary Lou is survived by her daughter; Gayle Sage and her husband David of Poplar, MT, son; Dana Wagenhals and his wife Cathy of Billings, MT, 4 grandchildren; Britt Beeghly, Marissa Sage, Chad Wagenhals, Jenni Wagenhals and numerous cousins in the Glasgow area.

LeRoy Connell

LeRoy Connell, 79, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2003 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. There will be a private family service in Kensal, North Dakota. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LeRoy was born March 6, 1924 in Jamestown, ND to Raymond S. Connell and Sylvia C. Connell. Roy attended schools in Kensal and graduated from Kensal High School. After graduation he attended mechanics school. Roy married Marge Roehrick in 1956 at Fargo, ND. They moved to Glasgow in 1962 where Roy was employed by Terry Chevrolet. He loved to hunt and especially loved his 1929 Model A Ford and 1930 Model A Ford. After retirement he fixed up old cars and tinkered on projects. Roy was instrumental in building and firing our Scotty Canon at the football games.

LeRoy is survived by Wife, Marge Connell of Glasgow, MT, Daughter; Donna Ringler and her husband Duane of Cody, WY, and by Brother; Derald Connell and his wife Karen of Kensal, ND.


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