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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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Fair Board Discusses Budget, Employee Issues
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - On Tuesday night, the Great Northern Fair Board held their monthly meeting. Following last month's news that their overall budget would be significantly reduced, board member Scott Doney suggested that a finance committee be formed to specifically look at budgetary issues. The Board approved forming that committee, with Doney serving as the Chair.

Board member Chad Murnin spoke with the group that organizes the rodeo every year. He says that while they weren't upset about having their event moved from Saturday night next year, they were surprised that a decision was reached so quickly without any input from their organization.

Finally, a lengthy discussion was held on finding a long-term solution for an employee to look after the Fairgrounds and perform maintenance and security duties. Typically, this job involves living in a property on the Fairgrounds. A couple of different options were discussed, and a special meeting could be held to specifically address this issue in the future.

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Havre Man Charged with Sexual Assaulting Girl
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A Havre man has been charged with two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault. Joseph "Jed" Damson is scheduled to be arraigned in state District Court in Havre on October 3rd.

Charging documents say that between July 20th and 31st of this year, Damson had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl. Both Damson and the victim's mother work at businesses inside the Atrium Mall, which is where the alleged incidents occurred.

The victim is described as processing information at the mental capacity of a 5-year-old. Prosecutors say Damson was teaching the victim "boyfriend classes" that involved kissing, touching the victim both over and underneath her clothing, and penetrating the victim with his fingers.

Minimum penalties for each charge is 4 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

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Havre Public Schools Slowly Losing Students
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - With the start of another school year underway, many people are scrutinizing this year's enrollment numbers within the Havre Public School District. Havre has seen some rather large kindergarten classes in recent years, but as Superintendent of Schools Andy Carlson notes, those numbers have already started to slip.

"You know, we had that large kindergarten class that is now 3rd graders. That class has actually dropped almost 30 students. That's a pretty significant thing, and what that also translates into...we can't project that down the road to really large numbers or an increase in funding."

Another key source of funding is the state Legislature, which convenes in January. Some legislators would prefer to establish charter schools as an alternative to public school. Carlson says that's not necessary - in our area there's already plenty of choices if a student or parent isn't satisfied.

"Within our small area, I contend that we have a lot of school choice, with our private school St. Jude's, and with two elementary schools within our school district in Cottonwood and Davey. We have our neighboring schools with Rocky Boy, Box Elder, Chinook."

On Thursday, we will examine the impact that reduced numbers have had at the Middle and High School levels.

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Hill County Health Consortium Moving Along
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Hill County Health Consortium held their quarterly meeting at Northern Montana Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Each of the three sub-committees dealing with mental health, alcohol abuse and teen pregnancy gave status reports, and a few overall consortium items were discussed.

The biggest discussion centered around Bullhook Community Health Center Licensed Addictions Counselor Jesse Bergren, who is working at Havre High School this year thanks in part to a grant secured by Bullhook. Everyone in attendance was excited at this new partnership and agreed that someone like Bergren is needed at the High School.

The group also talked about the need for creating a logo for the Consortium. Christen Obresley of Northern Montana Health Care suggested that some sort of logo contest take place in the community, and a committee was formed to further explore that idea.

Finally, HRDC Shelter Manager Volunteer Coordinator Barb Coms told the group that more volunteers are needed for the Community Crisis Line. Anyone interested can contact Barb at 265-6743.

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Community Ed. Class Signups This Week
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Registration for Havre's autumn batch of Community Education classes starts today. This fall, 27 different classes spanning 7 separate categories are being offered. Havre Public Schools Community Ed. Coordinator Robyn Lewis says registration is easy, and there are three different ways to sign up.

"You are welcome to stop in Robins, which is the main Administration Building located at 425 6th Street. You are welcome to email me at communityed@havre.k12.mt.us. Or give me a call at 265-4356."

Among the classes being offered is a new course dealing with long term care strategies. Lewis explains what will be covered.

"The presentation will discuss long-term care in America. It will include common misconceptions, reasons to prepare and options to cover expenses."

Registration ends on Friday, September 19th.

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