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MSUN Nursing Program has Highest Pass Rate in MT
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has reported that Montana State University-Northern has the highest pass rate of any nursing program in the state. From January 1st to June 30th of this year, 38 of 41, or 92.7% of Northern students have passed.

In a press release, MSUN Chancellor Dr. James Limbaugh states, "This success is a testament to the commitment and tireless efforts of our nursing educators to ensure that our students graduate from our program with the skills necessary to enter the health professions as a nurse. I would also like to recognize and congratulate Arlys Williams, our interim director, for her leadership in this achievement."

MSUN is currently conducting a nationwide search for a permanent Nursing Program Director.

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Tester Seeks Easier Route for Energy Projects
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NMB) - This past week, U.S. Senator Jon Tester testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He spoke about his Public Land Renewable Energy Act, which would streamline permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands.

Currently, obtaining Bureau of Land Management permits for solar and wind projects on public lands is a lengthy process that halts all access to the land until after the environmental assessments are completed and permits are approved. Tester says the environment and energy projects can co-exist.

"I believe the expansion of wind and solar development is compatible with public land protection. America's wind energy potential is vast, and when it is responsibly developed, it can be a win for business, a win for communities, and a win for wildlife."

The bill has been co-sponsored by Republican Senator Dean Heller from Nevada.

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Bennett Named New MSUN Alumni Director
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Jim Bennett has been named Montana State University-Northern's new Executive Director for the Alumni Foundation. MSUN made the announcement in a press release on Thursday.

Bennett is originally from Kalispell and has spent time working in the University of North Carolina system. He was one of three finalists interviewed by the search committee.

In the release, Bennett states, "I am very pleased to serve as the Executive Director of the MSU-Northern Alumni Foundation. My wife is originally from Havre so we have many connections to Northern. I look forward to meeting everyone and doing everything I can to help the MSU-Northern Alumni Foundation meet their friend-raising and fund-raising goals."

Bennett officially begins on August 11th.

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Rocky Boy Community Walks Against Meth
BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) - As part of this week's 50th Annual Rocky Boy Celebration, some community members gathered for a Celebrate Life Walk Against Meth. The Walk started at the Stone Child College Little Bear Gymnasium parking lot, and went all the way to the KHEW radio station parking lot. Rocky Boy Celebration Organizer Dustin Whitford says numerous departments participated in this very important walk.

"As we all know, nationwide, meth is a very huge problem. And the Reservation is not immune. So this was a very good event sponsored by various Tribal Departments."

Among the participants were the White Sky Hope Center, Chippewa-Cree Housing Authority and Tribal Water Resources Department.

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Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Celebrates 50 Years
BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) - The 50th Annual Rocky Boy Celebration really heats up this weekend with the traditional Pow-Wow set to begin Friday night at 6:00. Grand entries will also take place Saturday at 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM and on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Event organizer Dustin Whitford says a few new wrinkles have been added for the 50th anniversary, many of which are slated for Saturday night's Grand Entry.

"There's a lot happening Saturday night, so if we have any visitors or friends and relatives who haven't witnessed our Pow-Wow yet, Saturday night would be the night (to attend), although we invite you to come all three days."

Among the festivities Saturday night will be a performance from Native American comedian and Youtube star Tania Jo Hall. Hall is also a champion Jingle Dancer, and will be competing in the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow this weekend.

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Sweet Medical Center Holding Fundraiser
CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) - Sweet Medical Center in Chinook is hosting their annual fundraiser tonight at the Chinook Eagle's Club. A free-will donation dinner starts at 5:30 PM, with a slew of games and activities to follow. Sweet Medical Center CEO Meghan Morris tells us what will take place after dinner.

"50/50 raffle, free bowling for kids after dinner, and a coloring contest station. We're going to have chicken bingo. We're going to have a matching game for the Board members. We're going to have Plinko. And then our big entertainment for the evening will be live music. We have a band coming up from Missoula."

Morris explains why a band from Missoula would drive 5 hours north for a fundraiser in Chinook.

"I'm from Missoula, so it's my band. I'm the singer so I will hop up and do some numbers with them. It's a band called "Zoo City". They've been around for a long time, and they're just really fun. (They play) rock and country dance music."

Sweet Medical Center serves all of Blaine County, and has an office in Chinook, as well as a satellite office in Harlem.

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Montana Prairie Reserve Tops 300,000 Acres
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A private conservation reserve on north-central Montana's open prairie now spans more than 300,000 acres with the addition of a large parcel south of Malta.

American Prairie Reserve manager James Barnett said Thursday the group recently bought a 22,000-acre ranch in Phillips County.

He says the deal marks an important step in the reserve's goal to piece together more than 3 million acres of public and private lands. That would allow the free flow of wildlife - including up to 10,000 bison.

The reserve is about 60 miles south of Canada and connects with the C. M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Some surrounding ranchers worry the project will doom the remote area's agricultural communities.

Owners of 14 ranches have voluntarily sold out to the reserve since 2004.

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Pair Charged with Possessing Meth in Havre
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - A man and woman accused of conspiring to sell and possessing methamphetamine in the Havre area appeared in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Tuesday. Jeffrey Alan Buchanan and Kristy Dawn Summers were indicted on July 10th, and arraigned before Magistrate Judge Keith Strong on July 29th.

Prosecutors allege that beginning sometime in March of 2014, and continuing through at least March 18, 2014, Buchanan and Summers conspired with each other and others to distribute five or more grams of meth in Havre and other locations throughout Montana.

They also charge the defendants with the physical possession of the meth during that same time frame.

Buchanan and Summers both pleaded not guilty, and were appointed public defenders by the court.

Their current addresses were not immediately available, although Buchanan was arrested in Havre on March 10th on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license. At that time, his listed address was in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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Strong Support for Initial Tour de Cure
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - 18 bicyclists, 7 walkers and 1 runner participated in the 1st ever Tour de Cure in Hill County. The Tour serves as a major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Christine Huston of Havre withstood the high temperatures and completed a 54-mile ride from MSU-Northern to the Rocky Boy Agency, and back. She says she wouldn't have been able to complete the ride without the support of numerous volunteers along the way.

"They were fantastic. Without them, there's no way I would have been able to make it, because, you know, you run out of water. And just having that support there and knowing somebody's up there or somebody's behind you, makes the ride wonderful."

She adds that riding such a long distance was new to her, but she enjoyed it.

"I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. I'd never gone that far. It went pretty well. Going out was a killer, coming back was real nice."

Katrese Hammond of Fort Belknap not only participated in Tuesday's Tour, but also participated in the Lodgepole Tour two weeks ago. She explains why she rode in both events.

"I have two dads, so they both have diabetes. So I rode one, because it was an 8-mile ride. So I rode one time for my dad Ed, and then I rode another time for my dad Francis."

She admits she had a little help during Tuesday's ride.

"It felt really good, but it was a little difficult. My husband, actually we did like a team thing. I only did 25 miles, he did 29. And I think I gave him the hardest part because my last 10 miles was pretty much downhill. I coasted into Havre."

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 9.3% of the American population had some form of diabetes.

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Week Full of Activities for 50th Rocky Boy Celebration
BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) - The 50th Annual Rocky Boy Celebration is off and running. A week full of activities is scheduled, and started Monday with the construction of a new rodeo-themed playground in the Middle Dryfork Village. The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation provided the funding, while several local volunteers helped construct the playground over the weekend.

The Foundation is also sponsoring a three-day rodeo school that begins Tuesday, and concludes with the Youth Rodeo Thursday at 4:00.

The action really picks up Friday, when the three-day Pow-Wow begins. Grand entry times are scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM Saturday, and 3:00 PM Sunday.

Here is a list of all activities taking place this week:

TUESDAY, JULY 29th

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena


WEDNESDAY, JULY 30th

No Events Scheduled


THURSDAY, JULY 31st

8:00 AM - Team Redskins 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Jamboree at Stone Child College

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Bareback, Saddle Bronc) at Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

10:00 AM - Celebrate Life Walk Against Meth (from the Cultural Resources Building to the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds)

4:00 PM - 2014 CCRA Youth Rodeo at Sybil Sangre-Colliflower Memorial Arena

5:00 PM - Youth Pow-Wow at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds


FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st

9:00 AM - Sobriety Walk (from the Agency to the Pow-Wow Grounds)

11:00 AM - Ultimate Warrior Challenge at Bonneau Dam

1:00 PM - 2014 Mary LaMere Memorial Tie-Down Roping at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (1st Performance) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow


SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd

8:00 AM - "The Memorial" 4-man Golf Tournament at Signal Point Golf Course in Fort Benton

9:00 AM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (Slack) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

12:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow

12:00 PM - Events Committee Stickgames at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds

6:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (2nd Performance) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow


SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd

1:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (Championship Round) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

12:00 PM - Events Committee Stickgames (Jackpot) at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds

3:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow

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