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Local Producers Reminded to Monitor Green Bridge
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - As local agricultural producers prepare their fields to plant winter wheat, the Montana State University Extension Agents are reminding growers to break the "green bridge" before planting.

The "green bridge" consists of volunteer plants that carry insects and disease from the spring production season into the fall. Hill County Extension Agent Nicole Gray says that the heavy precipitation that the Hi-Line has received recently only adds to the green bridge.

"Havre is also going to come with a few other things, such as some weeds popping up here pretty quick. So it's going to be really important, again, to get that green bridge under control before you guys start seeding to have a little bit of a span to make sure that we don't have to worry about wheat streak mosaic."

The wheat streak mosaic virus can cause losses that range from minimal damage to complete crop failure.

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New MSUN Student President Seeks Input on Issues
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Montana State University-Northern has a new student leader for the 2014-15 school. Andrew Potter, a sophomore majoring in business with a minor in accounting, is serving as the Student Senate President this year. He has a number of projects that he'd like to see through, including a potential restructuring of some of the student fees that are paid each semester. Potter says there's no better time than now to try and implement some changes.

"This year is the year that we're able to bring the fee changes to the Board of Regents as a school. And so, the Student Senate plans on working with the students in trying to get as many students' feedback with the current fees we have."

Potter says there are currently 22 different fees students must pay, and that a decision will be made sometime this spring.

The Senate also held an open forum recently for students and faculty alike. The main subject of the forum was a proposed initiative that would make Northern a tobacco-free campus. This debate has featured proponents and detractors on both sides, and Senate President Andrew Potter says that everyone does their due diligence before making a decision.

"We need a good solid 80% of the people to really make a solid decision, and so at this point in time, we're just gathering information and we'll continue to gather information probably throughout the year."

Last spring, students voted 76 to 60 in favor of making the campus tobacco-free. However, those numbers only represented 16% of the student population, so the decision was tabled until further discussions could take place.

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Festival Days Parade Full of Fun Floats
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - With Festival Days off and running, one of the more popular events will take place on Saturday morning. The annual parade will begin at 10:00 AM at Rod's Drive In. The procession will go down 5th Avenue, turn right at 4th Street, and finish up at Pepin Park. Parade organizer Tony Vigliotti says there are a number of new wrinkles that were added to this year's lineup.

"We've got a new Color Guard this year. We've got Rocky Boy American Legion Post 67 coming in to be our Color Guard, so they'll lead us down 5th Avenue. The new hockey team, the Glacier Nationals, are going to be in the parade. And then the City of Medicine Hat is coming down with a 1913 Webb 75-foot aerial ladder truck, and they believe it's the only one in working condition in the world."

He also reminds parade participants to hand out candy alongside the floats, rather than throwing it from the actual float.

"If you've got candy, we ask that you walk alongside your float, and throw candy out to the kids, so we don't have kids running towards the floats, and we don't need anything bad to happen."

The theme for this year's Festival Days is "Loving Our Treasures."

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MAT's 'Death by Chocolate' Promises to Entertain
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Montana Actors' Theatre's annual "Death by Chocolate" fundraiser takes place Saturday night. The evening traditionally centers around sampling several desserts and watching a murder mystery performance unfold as the night moves on. MAT Director Jay Pyette says this year's mystery is based upon the popular game "Clue", with a little Hi-Line twist thrown in, as well.

"The characters are actually Havre citizens, citizens that most people will recognize. And just to add one more element to it, in the "Clue" game, you know who the victim is. In our version, you also have to decide who the victim was. He, or she, is also a fairly prominent Havre person."

The evening begins with dinner from 5:30 until 7:00. The performance and several auctions will start shortly after that. The fundraiser will be held inside the St. Jude's Gymnasium.

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MSUN Nursing Students to Volunteer in Nepal
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - This spring, 30 Montana State University-Northern nursing students and faculty members will be traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal to perform volunteer work for 3 weeks. Trip advisor Tina McCulloch explains how the idea came about.

"We were talking about our mission statement and our philosophy here in the Nursing department, we were re-writing all of those things. And one of the things that it specifically mentions is cultural diversity. So, the idea was, this would be kind of an interesting experience for them to expand that cultural diversity."

McCulloch says Nepal is the perfect location to volunteer, as the country is facing significant health care challenges.

"They have a lot of problems over there, and the major thing is it's got a really, really high population of orphans. There's masses and masses of orphan children, so they're not even getting the most basic of care."

The group will be holding a fundraiser to help pay for the trip on Saturday. They will be selling squares for cowpie bingo for $25 apiece at the Great Northern Fairgrounds at 1:00 PM.

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34th Annual Festival Days Starts Friday
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The 34th annual Festival Days celebration descends upon Havre on Friday. 3 days of literal non-stop activities will be offered to both citizens and visitors alike.

Forecasts suggest that the weather will be extremely cooperative this year, and Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Vandeberg says that only adds to the excitement of Festival Days.

"It's always fun, and it's always a little nerve-wracking, because it's always dependant upon the weather. Just come out and support all the different clubs and organizations and groups that have put on activities for the weekend. Please by safe, but have a great time."

Stay tuned to New Media Broadcasters all weekend long, as we will be broadcasting Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the 2014 Festival Days celebration.

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Havre Sets New Record in 'Fill the Boot' Fundraiser
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Havre Firefighters Local 601 Union held their annual "Fill the Boot" fundraiser a couple of weeks ago. 601 members lined the sidewalks of 1st Street collecting donations from people as they drove by, collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The totals from that fundraiser have been added up, and the Havre community set an all-time record by donating $8,452. The money raised will go towards MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services and day-to-day support, which includes sending children affected by the disease to a weeklong summer camp at Camp Mak-A-Dream.

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