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Fair Board Discusses 2014 Fair, Looks to Future
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Great Northern Fair Board met last night to discuss how this year's Fair went and to begin planning for the 2015 Fair as well.

Following a very successful Demolition Derby this past Sunday, members of the Havre Jaycees asked the Fair Board about potentially moving their events to Saturday night next year to bring in even more revenue. A decision wasn't immediately made, though Fair Board member Missy Boucher lists the pros and cons of making such a move.

"Well, the pros are I think that they're going to bring in a lot more people to the Fair, not only for their event, but for the vendors as well. The con of that is now we've got to go against the Rodeo Association and figure out who is exactly going to bring the most amount of dollars to our Fairgrounds and our community."

She adds that before a decision is made, the revenue figures of every Fair entity will have to be considered.

"Well, I think we need to look at all of the numbers from the last few years, and all of the food vendors as well. So (we need to) just take a look at every number and not try to miss any line item."

Here are the reported totals in ticket sales from the Fair office*

*As a disclaimer, some of these amounts are split between the Fair and the groups running the event. In some cases, tickets were pre-sold by the individual groups as well. Those totals are not included.

PIG WRESTLING

366 tickets sold ($5 apiece)

Grand Total: $1,830

JUNIOR RODEO

335 tickets sold ($5 apiece)

Grand Total: $1,675

NRA RODEO FRIDAY

561 tickets sold ($10 apiece)

Grand Total: $5,610

NRA RODEO SATURDAY

570 tickets sold ($10 apiece)

Grand Total: $5,700

DEMO DERBY

1,409 tickets sold ($10 apiece)

Grand Total: $14,090

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Hill County 4-H Brings in Nearly $200K from Livestock Sale
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The totals from this year's Hill County 4-H Livestock Sale and Auction have been tallied, and the results are staggering. Nearly $200,000 was raised this year through beef, lamb and hog sales.

This year's total of $198,000 is considerably higher than last year's $167,000. Hill County Extension Agent Lea Ann Larson says she was most surprised by the sale of lambs, which went for an average of $5.03 per pound.

"I was very surprised with the lamb prices. And it may have had something to do with our 4-H Clubs who were doing the meal this year for the buyers. (They) served lamb, and it was excellent. They got rave reviews, so maybe we turned some beef folks into eating some lamb."

She adds that a number of animals were re-sold, with the proceeds going to a charitable cause.

"A lot of stuff went to the new Chuckwagon fund, and a few of them went to just the Hill County 4-H program. So we had 12 animals that re-sold like that, for about $5,100 for all of those. So that was really nice of the community to make those donations to our program too, and we really want to say thank you to them for supporting us."

Here is a complete breakdown of this year's sale:

HOGS

63 sold

Gross Total: $60,010.25

Average Per Pound: $3.71


LAMBS

16 sold

Gross Total: $10,475.79

Average Per Pound: $5.03


BEEF

35 sold

Gross Total: $128,097.50

Average Per Pound: $3.01


TOTAL

114 animals sold

Gross Total: $198,583.54

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BREAKING Pharmacy Robbery Suspect Arrested
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - An arrest has been made in a Monday robbery of Western Drug and Pharmacy. The Havre Police Department took 30-year-old Arlene Morsette of Havre into custody on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:00.

Morsette is being held at the Hill County Detention Center pending charges of armed robbery, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute, and assault with a weapon.

Officers are currently in the middle of the investigation and pending the investigation, Morsette may be charged with additional crimes.

The Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint just before 1:00 PM on Monday. A good Samaritan attempted to follow the suspect's vehicle, but ultimately the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and prescription pills.

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Bullhook Medical Open for Business in New Building
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Bullhook Community Medical Center officially began accepting patients in their new building Monday morning. The building is located on 4th Street across from City Hall, and construction took just over a year. Bullhook CEO Cindy Smith says having all of their services in one central location will ease the burden on providers and patients alike.

"Having the dentist right across from the medical people so that they can walk over and talk to them, having the billing office downstairs so if there is something that happens that they need talk right there with patients, it will be a very good flow."

She adds that some minor work is still being done throughout the building, which means the Grand Opening will be in August.

"Look out for the Health Center Week, which is August 15th, and that's when we'll have the Grand Opening. And we can give some good tours and let people see firsthand some of the opportunities with tele-health and the capacity and building, because it does look beautiful inside."

The new center will offer medical, dental and mental health, addiction counseling and Medicaid Case Management services. A pharmacy will also be open in a few months. The hours of operation are 7:30 AM-6:00 PM for dental services and 8:00 AM-5:00 PM for medical care.

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City of Havre Receives Clean Audit for FY 2013
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Monday night's Havre City Council was rather brief, as only three items were on the agenda. The Council unanimously approved each item. First they agreed to de-annex a property east of town that is currently being used as farmland. The property is not using any city services, which led the Council to remove it from the city limits of Havre.

The City also received the results of their audit for fiscal year 2013, which begins on July 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2013. Galusha, Higgins, and Galusha handled the review this year, and gave the City a clean audit.

Finally, the Council approved a request from the Havre Art Association to place a sign on 5th Avenue this fall. The sign will be used to advertise their Annual Art Show and Sale on November 1st and 2nd.

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Charter Customers Experiencing Service Interruptions
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A number of Havre residents have been experiencing problems with their internet, phone and television services, specifically those who use Charter Communications as their provider.

The first outage occurred early Sunday morning around 8:00. Services were restored shortly after 1:00 PM. Another outage occurred Monday morning as well, just before 10:00.

Charter spokesman Brian Anderson says a faulty piece of equipment is the source of the issues. Technicians from Great Falls are re-starting the equipment and will remain on site until Monday night. Overnight, the technicians will then replace the faulty piece of equipment.

Charter representatives are telling customers that they will issue a credit based upon the service time lost.

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Construction Projects at HPS Moving Along
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - With summer more than halfway finished, the various construction projects within the Havre School District are progressing nicely. At Havre High School, workers are completely renovating the boys' and girls' locker rooms, and will be adding a new weight room/wrestling facility as well. Havre Superintendent of Schools Andy Carlson gives us an update on the High School construction.

"(We're) finishing up the asbestos work on the girls' side. On the boys' side, all the walls have been removed. It's kind of weird to look into that place, and see it. It looks so different."

Construction is also taking place at Sunnyside Intermediate School, where workers are expanding the existing building to add four new classrooms. Carlson says things are moving right along there, as well.

"It's getting the concrete, the foundation poured. We're getting the floor poured next, and then walls start going up. You know, it's kind of hard to envision that in just a little over 30 days we have to be ready for students, but I think we're progressing in the way we should be."

And at Havre Middle School, workers are completely remodeling the previously chaotic parking lot. Carlson says that project should be the first one finished.

"That one is probably going the smoothest, it seems like. We should be in plenty of good shape as far as getting that paved and ready for the start of the school year."

All of these projects were funded by bonds that were passed during the most recent school election.

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Mower Hits Power Pole near Chester, Causes Outage
CHESTER, Mont. (NMB) - Over 1,000 customers in Hill and Liberty Counties were without power for about 90 minutes Saturday evening. The power went out after 5:00 PM Saturday, and affected customers from Chester to just east of Havre. NorthWestern Energy spokesman Butch Larcombe explains what caused the outage.

"There was somebody out working in their field just east of Chester. They were apparently pulling a mower, some kind of mowing device, with a tractor, and they ran into one of our poles. And it damaged the pole and caused the outage."

The power was restored at approximately 6:45 PM.

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One More Competition In Place for 4-H Kids
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A year's worth of sweat and dedication paid off for Hill County 4-H kids this past week at the Great Northern Fair. Various livestock exhibitions allowed the children to be judged and rewarded for the cleanliness and showmanship of their animals, while Sunday's Sale and Auction gave the kids monetary value for their livestock.

Now that the animals are being taken to the butcher's shop, it would seem that the 4-H children are done competing with their livestock for this year. Not so fast, says Hill County Extension Agent Lea Ann Larson.

"There will be a carcass contest that goes on this week. And we will have folks come in and grade them under the USDA standards. And then we have a great contest here in Hill County called the 'Big Sky Carcass Contest', and it's a pretty exciting contest for them."

Stay tuned to New Media Broadcasters this week, as we will bring you the totals from the this year's Livestock Sale once they have been calculated.

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Pharmacy Robbed At Gunpoint, Suspect At Large
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Havre police are searching for a woman who robbed a local pharmacy store Monday afternoon. Lieutenant Aaron Wittmer says the Havre Police Department received a call at 12:58 PM Monday from Western Drug and Pharmacy. Employees at the Pharmacy told police they were robbed at gunpoint. A good Samaritan tried to follow the suspect's vehicle, but the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs and cash.

Wittmer says the suspect is a 5'0" skinny female wearing a green hoodie and red bandana. She is possibly driving a green minivan. She should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Havre PD at 265-4361 or Crime Stoppers at 265-4444.

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Power Outage Scheduled in Dodson
DODSON, Mont. (NMB) - NorthWestern Energy has planned an outage that will affect customers in Dodson on Tuesday, July 22nd. The outage will begin at 8:00 AM and could last until noon.

The outage will allow crews to safely upgrade electric transmission equipment in the area. It will affect 210 customers in Dodson, as well as areas to the east and west of town that are served by the Dodson substation.

Questions, comments, and concerns can be answered by calling the NorthWestern Energy Customer Contact Center at 888-467-2669.

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