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Happiness is a security blanket. If you don’t believe it, just check out the faces of these Sunburst elementary kids, part of a group of more than two dozen who made blankets for the charitable Project Linus in the year 2000 and posed like the lovable cartoon character. Pictured in front (l. to r.) are Allison Bye and Tiffany Revell; second row (l. to r.): Ben Ehlers, John Johannsen, Cory Lazenby and Alisha Brown; back row (l. to r.): Christian Collins, Rostyn Pace, Paula Freisen, Cole Kleinert, Merle Heast and Megan Bye. 

10 years ago

Born and raised in Cut Bank and a resident of Toole County since 2005, Sherrie Murphy has always appreciated the unique diversity of the history and people in this area. It wasn’t until she created and began the research for her blog, aptly named “365 Cool Things to See and Do in Toole,” that made her mission to highlight anything and everything “cool in Toole.”

The centennial history book “Shelby: The First Hundred Years” is still on the way. The book, to be published by the Shelby Promoter, has been compiled and written by former Promoter Editor Publisher John Kavanagh. The publication date, however, has been pushed back to April 1, 2011, because of production changes to accommodate all the material.

The Shelby Coyotes’ quest for a return to the state title game continues to chug along with SHS walloping Harlem at home 84-60 on Dec. 21. The Coyotes put together a balanced scoring attack with Chase Ballantyne hitting for 20 points; Chase White, 16; Matt Alford, 16 and Jordyn Irvin, 15 points.

North Toole County High School’s Lady Refiners went into the Christmas break on a high note defeating Simms on the road 39-30 on Dec. 21, then returning home to defeat Dutton/Brady 42-29 on Dec. 23. Angie Christiaens chipped in a team high 17 points against Simms and Rachel Ehlers led the team with 14 against Dutton/Brady.

20 years ago

The Shelby community is losing two doctors. Dr. Annette Turenne closed the doors of her private practice, the Tuktu Medical Clinic, on Dec. 22 and has moved to Bonneville, Alberta, with her husband, Murray Fersovitch, and their daughter. She may begin practicing medicine in Canada, her native country, on a parttime basis. Dr. Garrett Caputo will work his last day Marias Medical Center on Jan. 9 and he and his family plan to move back to New Hampshire where his and his wife’s parents live.

The trucks, trailers, campers and cats have gotta go. Or do they? It’s going to be up to you to help the Shelby Council decide whether to ban parking of motorized behemoths on residential streets and to require cat owners to register and vaccine their felines. Citizen complaints about the parked vehicles and rampant cats have spurred the council into a study of both issues and the aldermen voted unanimously on Jan. 2 to submit the two proposals to the people of Shelby for their ideas.

30 years ago

Fire destroyed a garage, two vehicles and equipment Dec. 23 at Mel Pelletier’s place four miles north of Kevin. There were no injuries, and the main house was spared as was one shed. It is suspected that a faulty gas heater was the cause of the fire, which destroyed a truck, car and a few large electrical motors.

Retiring county officials honored at the courthouse on Dec. 28 were Harry Simons, county commissioner; Betty Walter, clerk and recorder; Rae Kalbfleisch, county attorney and Louise Lorenzen, county superintendent of schools.

Dr. Constantin Yastravob, an intensive care specialist in Siberia, Russia, visited the Toole County Hospital and Nursing Home on Dec. 31 as part of his tour of American medical facilities. He is the guest of Joe Rude of Health and Marketing West who toured Russia last August as part of the same exchange program of medical professionals.

The Shelby schools are among those responding to the needs of the Plentywood community after the recent fire at its schools. Shelby High School principal Harvey Hawbaker said they are sending textbooks, desk maps, older wall maps, globes, ditto materials and older Radio Shack computers, which are no longer used at the school.

40 years ago

R. J. Woldtvedt, an independent oil producer from Shelby associated with Fulton Producing Co., was reelected to the board of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) at the association’s recent annual meeting in Dallas, Tex. Woldtvedt has also agreed to serve as an area vice president of the association and will be active in policy discussions on the national as well as the regional level.

Last year’s champions Del Sirrine and Mike Woldtvedt will be defending their title at the second annual Men’s Scotch Ball Golf Tournament on New Year’s Day at the Marias Valley Golf and Country Club.

Spring-like weather has caused the ice on the Marias River, south of Shelby, to break up and observers are hoping that ice dams will not occur, causing flooding problems. The warm weather is uncommon for this time of year.

50 years ago

Jack Baum added his name to the mayor’s race in Shelby, joining Harvey Nelson, present mayor, and Dr. Don Fischer, president of the city council, in a three-way race for the office in the April 5 election. Candidates filing for aldermen in Ward 1 are Lloyd Stinebaugh, Ray Kincheloe and Waldo Sherman. Stinebaugh and Kincheloe are the incumbents. In Ward 2 Marvin Cox and Walter Mundt, incumbents, and Albert Carter have filed. Harry Simons and Sam Marra have filed in Ward 3. Neither Simons nor Marra are incumbents, but Simons had previously served on the council. Ray Woldtvedt, incumbent, filed for treasurer and Tom Mason, incumbent, filed for police magistrate.

After 33 years continuously working at the Shelby Post Office, Mrs. Ruby Benjamin has retired. Don Harvey, former clerk at the post office, is the new assistant postmaster, replacing Mrs. Benjamin. 

Fernald Landeen will be installed as worshipful master of Shelby Lodge No. 143, AF&AM at public installation of officers at the Masonic Temple on Jan. 9. Other elective officers to be installed are Edwin T. VanderPas, senior warden; Rex Spangler, junior warden; Benjamin H. Zell, treasurer and Warren R. Evans, secretary.

Mrs. Diana Kingfisher has assumed duties as home economics instructor at Shelby High School, replacing Mrs. Louise Martin who resigned to accompany her husband who was transferred with the closing of the Dresser Atlas office in Shelby.

The Marias Valley Golf and Country Club could advertise it has the only course in the nation to have a river channel at its number eight green. The river has approached to within about 35 feet of the green and remedial action must be taken soon.

60 years ago

Vearle Addy was reelected president of the Marias Fair Board at its regular monthly meeting Dec. 28. Wallace Westermark will again serve as vice president and Alfred F. Klingler was rehired as secretary-manager. Preliminary plans for the 1961 Fair were discussed and Wayne Goss, a representative of the Josko Valley Rodeo Co. was present to present its proposal. A monstrous steer named “Moose” will be on exhibit at the Fair next summer and the State Fast Draw contest has been booked for Sunday of the Fair.

Lloyd Hellinger of Shelby was reelected chairman of the Toole County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committee. Gary Aklestad, Galata, has been reelected vice chairman and Shade P. Denson, Shelby, was elected a regular member of next year’s committee. Frank Taft of Sunburst and Torval Halverson of Kevin were named alternates.

Some of this week’s specials at Buttrey Foods in Shelby include swiss steaks for 59 cents a pound, rib roasts for 69 cents a pound, ground beef, two pounds for 89 cents and golden ripe bananas, two pounds for 29 cents.

70 years ago

Charles T. Eline has been appointed assistant oil and gas inspector for the State of Montana and will assume the duties at the Shelby office of the late H. E. Warner. Well qualified for the position, Eline has been connected with the oil industry for many years. He established and conducted the operation of Eline Acid Treating Co. until three years ago when he sold to Lyle Kassel and Hugh McNamer.

Curt Dumas, an employee at Addy Motor Co., is in serious condition at the Deaconess hospital in Great Falls where he was taken by ambulance on Jan. 1. He is suffering from a spinal infection, but it has not been determined whether or not it is meningitis.

Bob Hasquet of Shelby, a member of the Grizzly basketball team at Missoula, led the individual scorers during the Skyline Conference Basketball Tournament Dec. 29-30 in Denver, Colo., with an average of 17.7 points per game. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hasquet.

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