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There has been a buzz of activity on the Valier Elementary playground of late and it isn’t all during recess. Parent volunteers have been busy cleaning and upgrading the existing structures to provide more options for recess activities.

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Over one in every 10 people are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), that means in the U.S. 34.2 million people are diagnosed. Of that 34.2 million, 1.6 million of those are diagnosed with Type 1, 28.2 million were diagnosed with other forms of diabe…

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One of the joys of living in Montana is the wide-open spaces. One of the less enjoyable things about living in Montana? There is an extreme shortage of EMS providers in the rural areas of our state. When this happens, people who are in dire need of emergency medical services have to wait for…

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The Valier homecoming candidates enjoyed their time under the Friday night lights! Pictured above are, left to right, freshman class queen candidate Kyleigh Brockie and escort Kamden Broesder, sophomore class queen candidate Aiyanna Peterson and escort Joe Ramos, junior class queen candidate…

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It has been a busy year for Cut Bank’s Harvest Food Pantry. As it is nearing the year’s end, the pantry is very low on non-food personal hygiene products. The last week of August’s distribution was handled by June Duncan and Prairie Peace Lutheran Church. Sixty-nine families were served and …

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Whether it’s lack of hay, high feed prices, nitrates in grain hay, etc., there are many challenges facing ranchers as they plan their fall and winter ranch feeding program. The Fall Rancher Roundtable Monday, Sept. 27, in Cut Bank and Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Valier, will address these challeng…

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As students recently returned to school in Valier, they were welcomed by some new faces in the classrooms. The fourth and sixth grade classes both have new full-time teachers, and the Special Education teacher is on campus 2.5 days per week.

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes bound for California. The planes departed from airports in Boston; Newark, NJ; and Washington, D.C. September 11 would become an infamous date in American and world history, and the events of that day woul…

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“We have begun to administer third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which are not to be confused with booster doses, of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine,” announced Jenny Krapf, LPN, Glacier County Health Department Director. 

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Valier High School’s Homecoming King and Queen candidates are, back row, left to right, escorts Kamden Broesder, Joe Ramos, Weslin Edwards and King candidate Hyrum Briggs; front row, freshman class queen candidate Kyleigh Brockie, sophomore class queen candidate Aiyanna Peterson, junior clas…

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The communities of Cut Bank, Shelby, and Valier have been selected to participate in the 2021 Reimagining Rural Virtual Gathering that is designed to bring some fresh ideas about how to create a vibrant future for rural communities across Montana. 

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The Cut Bank Pioneer Press, Glacier Reporter, Shelby Promoter and The Valierian offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, for the Labor Day holiday. Deadline for the Sept. 8 issue is 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 for news, photos and all ads, including classifieds.

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 The communities of Cut Bank, Shelby, and Valier have been selected to participate in the 2021 Reimagining Rural Virtual Gathering that is designed to bring some fresh ideas about how to create a vibrant future for rural communities across Montana. 

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The 2021-22 school year is underway and there are some new faces in the Valier School District. Superintendent Craig Widhalm is one of the newcomers and he is excited to be back in familiar territory. “I am very excited about being back in a town that means to much to me,” said Widhalm. “I h…

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Public Information Officer James McNeely began his weekly update dispelling a rumor that the Blackfeet Tribe is returning to “lockdown,” in response to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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As the autumn season approaches, operations in the park will start winding down. On Sept. 6, the park’s ticketed entry pilot program will end as well as the park’s shuttle program. Park officials are expecting high visitation numbers in September. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and pr…

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“We’re asking everybody to get tested and vaccinated,” Incident Commander K Webb Galbreath said on Monday, Aug. 23. He noted testing and COVID-19 vaccination efforts being offered on Monday and Tuesday at Blackfeet Community College. Additional tests and vaccinations are available all week a…

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Organizers of the Montana Fun Weekend were disheartened to learn someone either inadvertently or purposely took the bag with not only all the car registrations but also the gate receipts last Saturday. Roy Nollkamper and company were, however, able to piece together a listing of the winners …

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Methodist Church congregations in Shelby, Valier and Sunburst have a new face at the pulpit, that of Pastor Kelly Murdock-Billy. Pastor Kelly made the move to Shelby from Salmon, Idaho, where she had served as the pastor of the Salmon United Methodist Church for 13 months.

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 “On the Reservation, there is such a sense of community,” said Dr. Marvin Fultz, a family practicing physician at the Southern Piegan Health Center. “When I talk to a person about health care, it’s not just an individual thing. It’s for everyone, and I don’t find that in other populations. …

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Glacier County Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo Bremner announced county officials will be following a new public comment policy at all future meetings of the commissioners. The announcement came at the Aug. 3 meeting of the commissioners. A written copy of policy was provided by Chairwoman Bre…

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Montana State University Extension Pondera County, Pondera County Conservation District, and A Land of Grass Ranch will be cooperating to host two, one day Soil Health for Ranchers workshops. The workshops will be hosted at A Land of Grass Ranch on Sept. 26 and 27. 

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 The Shelby Lions Club will be hosting a Diabetes Awareness Walk Sept. 18, at the start of Roadrunner Trail at 10 a.m. The walk starts at the northern trail and ends at City Shop Road. Proceeds and donations go back to the community to assist individuals with diabetes.  

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Last week the Marias River Livestock Association hosted presentations on feeding and vaccinating during drought conditions. Dr. Cathy Lockard from Friesen Nutrition emphasized the importance of cattle nutrition. During the drought we face a lot of challenges to feeding properly, explained Dr…

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Having participated as a player in TourneySport USA Hawaii Classics volleyball in 2007, Rhanda EagleSpeaker was preparing to return to Hawaii as a coach in 2020 when the trip was derailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, her team of seven girls was able to travel to Honolulu this m…

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On Saturday, July 24 at the Marias Fairgrounds, the Pondera County 4-H Ambassadors had their donation pig, Jimmy Dean, all shined up and ready for his moment in the spotlight. Jimmy Dean was the last animal to go through the ring to be sold during the Marias Fair 4-H livestock auction. 

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The dog days of summer are upon us, school will be starting soon and our days will begin getting shorter and chillier. It’s hard to believe that fall is less than six weeks away. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year and I feel fortunate to live in a place that has four distinct seasons. 

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Gene and Cheryl Curry of Curry Cattle Company recently directed a $2,500 Bayer FundAmerica’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the Valier Volunteer Fire Department. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, partners with farmers to provide grants to local no…

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The Museum of the Plains Indian, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, reopened to the public effective July 27.