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“If you build it, they will come.” An old movie line from the classic, “Field of Dreams,” but one that Harry Benjamin truly believed when he first embarked on his final big life project, the Carousel Rest Area of Shelby. Harry knew he couldn’t build it alone, but he had faith. Faith in God, …

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At the end of this school year, Paul Schilling, a teacher and coach icon for Cut Bank Schools, will be resigning his position, leaving a 32-year teaching career in Cut Bank. He is not leaving teaching or coaching for good, not quite yet. But rather, he has decided to embark on a new challenge.

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Glacier, Pondera and Toole County election administrators and their staffs have been busy preparing for this year’s all mail Primary Election. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. at all county election offices on Election Day, June 2, in order to be counted.

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The Stone School Inn Bed and Breakfast in Valier is under new management. Adam and Tina Perkins are making the school their home as they manage it for the new owners. “Tina and I met at the University of Oregon in 1999. We were married in 2003 and have lived in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, M…

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As Director of Nursing at the Blackfeet Care Center and Planning Section Chief on the Blackfeet Incident Command Team, Marie Weasel said she is finding herself well prepared for the coronavirus shutdown. Asked if things have changed for her since the shutdown, she said, “No, because I was an…

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Election officials from Glacier County were still researching how to address the incorrect ballot issue language that appears on the primary election ballot on Monday, May 11. The error on the Public Safety operating mill levy ballot issue was discovered over the weekend.

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It has been a while now since the doors of the Big Sky Cafe, a popular Main Street restaurant in Cut Bank, closed. It has been missed by locals and those just passing through hoping to grab a good, homemade meal. Gary and Sue Racine are about to change all that.

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Jon and Nicole (Nique) Swinehart have lived in Cut Bank for over 24 years. For most of those years, life was good and was spent as one would expect, working and raising kids. Then, in the fall of 2018, everything changed. with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Within weeks, it advanced to Stage 4 a…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) extended COVID-19 pandemic as the effects of this virus still warrants a public health emergency of international concern.

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“The Cut Bank community has once again shown great support for our students, teachers, staff, and Trustees by passing our elementary levy election. On behalf of Cut Bank Schools, thank you to everyone who voted in this election,” said an appreciative Superintendent Wade Johnson after the bal…

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In May of this year, Nate and Ashley Kavanagh celebrate their first year as new owners of the Rose Petal in Cut Bank. As first-time business owners, they admit they continue to learn new lessons everyday, but feel like the journey has been well-worth the effort and satisfaction that working …

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Sometimes, being a mom means being a nurse. And a lot of nurses juggle their careers and motherhood. Perhaps that’s why we celebrate Moms and nurses each May. Mother's Day is May 10 this year and National Nurses Week is May 6-12.

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The Cut Bank Education Foundation and Alumni Association (CBEFAA) has held its annual Celebrating Success scholarship reception at the end of April since 1997. Unfortunately, this year it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Cut Bank students won’t be returning to the classroom for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The Cut Bank Schools board of trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of Superintendent Wade Johnson to keep the schools closed and continue with the online and distance learning inst…

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“The City of Cut Bank, considering all the information we have been given, will be moving forward with the Governor's Phase One of reopening Montana,” announced Mayor Dan Raemaeker early Tuesday afternoon, April, 28. “We have consulted with the Glacier County Health Department and we believe…

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Montana’s 56 county election administrators are asking voting-age residents to take the online challenge at VotingInMontana.com. The challenge helps voters confirm their registration status and ensure their information is current with their local election office. 

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This school year is one I hope is never repeated. Since the closure declaration by Gov. Bullock on March 15, all Montana public school communities have had a wild ride. On April 22, Gov. Bullock stated schools have the option to reopen on May 7. During his announcement, it was unclear as to …

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Following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Cascade City County Health Department, that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more, the 41st Annual Ice Breaker Road Race has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4.

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There seems to be some dissension over whether or not Glacier County should be following Governor Bullock’s phased approach to reopening local businesses or the Blackfeet Tribe’s Ordinance 121. The Glacier County Health Board held a special meeting on Thursday, April 30, and made a recommend…

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“None of this is carved in stone,” stated Gov. Steve Bullock in presenting the “Montana: Reopening the Big Sky Phased Approach” during a press conference on Wednesday, April 22.Details of the “Reopening the Big Sky Phased Approach” can be viewed at:

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"We come to you today with increasingly heavy hearts, to report the sixth COVID-19 related death (male, age 70-79) in our county. Our deepest condolences go out to all the families affected by this virus." That statement was released by the Toole County COVID-19 Joint Information Center arou…

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Once you are in an exercise program that you love, it is very frustrating and sort of sad to have that program removed from your daily routine. That happened to many people when we were all asked to stay at home more, which made getting out for exercise classes a definite “no-no.” 

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“We ain’t going to make it,” stated Glacier County Commissioner John Overcast on Monday, April 20. Overcast and Vice-Chairman Tom McKay met briefly and accepted the delinquent January and February cash reports. Due to technical difficulties, the meeting was not available by telephone or vide…

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It was Sunday, April 28, 1957. At 2 p.m. that day, a dedication ceremony was held for the newly built Glacier County Library in Cut Bank. A number of local “celebrities” were on hand to speak about the new facility, telling the assembled crowd what a wonderful addition this library was to th…

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In this time of social distancing, we must all work to remain socially close to children. Child abuse and neglect is likely on the rise in the face of this pandemic, as families are put under more financial and emotional stress. Children are no longer in the public eye—they are not at school…

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Marias Medical Center (MMC) hosted a live feed presentation on April 16 to share what has been going on behind the scenes in the battle against COVID-19 in Toole County. Bob Sandman, head of the Unified Incident Command team, Shane Clark of MMC and Toole County Health Nurse Blair Tomsheck al…

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Toole County climbed to 29 with three new cases reported on April 17 in most recent update from State and Toole County Health Department officials. A fourth death in Toole County was reported yesterday by the Toole County Health Department. A total o…

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Fighting a pandemic requires partnerships and the most recent partnership in the fight against COVID-19 in northcentral Montana involves the Glacier County EMS, Northern Rockies Medical Center (NRMC) and the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Incident Command. Glacier County Chief Finan…

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Food. The one thing that can comfort us when nothing else will. The one thing we can give and share that will bring a smile to the faces of the weary, the lonely, the sick or the sad. And the one thing we all need to survive.

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The Montana Job Service office in Cut Bank has been busier than usual the last few weeks, helping Glacier, Toole and Pondera County residents with their unemployment insurance (UI) questions. “We understand what a stressful time this is for so many Montanans. All of us are affected in some w…

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Montana Strong is back and owner Shirstie Gaylord is hoping proceeds from the sale of the Hometana t-shirts will give out-of-work Montanans and their families a little help recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19.