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2 Chester Residents Elected to Statewide Boards
HELENA, Mont. (NMB) - Montana Governor Steve Bullock has made another round of statewide council and board appointments, and two Chester residents have been selected to serve.

John Melton will serve on the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, the 11-person Council tasked with advising Bullock on aging and long-term care issues. Melton is retired and does building maintenance at the Liberty County Community Center.

Dr. Anna Earl of Chester was named to the state Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Earl is a Physician at Liberty County Hospital and Nursing Home. The Board is responsible for physician licensing throughout the entire state.

Overall, Bullock appointed 14 individuals to 7 different councils and boards.

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City Council Approves Late Weed Fees Transfer to Taxes
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Monday night's Havre City Council meeting was fairly routine. The Council unanimously approved every item on the agenda, including a couple of street closure requests related to this weekend's Festival Days celebration.

Another item that was voted through involved delinquent fees regarding nuisance weed ordinance violations. Any weeds that are 9 inches or taller and are not trimmed in a timely manner are cut by employees of the city Public Works Department. Havre Mayor Tim Solomon says the cost of the city removing those weeds can be expensive for property owners.

"It's $150 minimum for city crews to go out and cut a yard, and a lot of that's the manpower and time to go out, find the weeds, and watch them for a time period, and then going out and cutting them."

Property owners who have not paid the fees will have the amount transferred to their property taxes. In all, there is $4,800 in uncollected weed fees this year.

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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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MT Farmers Voice Concerns with Rail Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NMB) - Railroads are the backbone of agriculture for Montana. Rail shipping gets products to markets, grain elevators and export terminals, but scheduling rail cars has become trickier with the expansion of oil production in the Bakken.

That's the experience Montana Farmers Union members shared with Congressmen and transportation officials last week during the National Farmers Union "fly-in". Jeff Bangs and his wife farm in the Inverness area. He says everyone he met with in D.C. agreed that something needs to be done.

"There has just become an infinite need for rail transport with a finite amount of rail resources. There is no easy solution to the problem, but it is definitely a problem."

Montana wheat often is sold on contract for export, so timetables have to be met on those contracts or there are losses. Bangs says other crop sales operate in much the same way and notes that Montana producers aren't the only ones experiencing the rail traffic delays - it's happening in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota, too.

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NMHC Now Taking Patients at New Family Med. Center
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Northern Montana Health Care's Family Medical Center opens today. This clinic combines the OB/GYN and Family Medicine practices from the Northern Montana Medical Group West and Group East. The newly remodeled space is located south of Northern Montana Hospital.

A total of 10 providers will be located in the Family Medical Center, including Dr. Karrie Lien, who is a family Medicine Provider at NMHC. In a press release, she says, "I've been with NMHC since 1999 and this is the first time we will have these two practices combined in one space. I am excited for the possibilities and learning experiences this will provide us."

The Northern Montana Medical Group West Clinic Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine practices will be expanding into the extra space and will now be known as the Northern Montana Specialty Medical Center. Plans are also underway to move the Northern Montana Vision Center into the Specialty Medical Center sometime this year.

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Tribal Officers Detain State Game Warden
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Fort Belknap tribal officers detained a state game warden for over five hours on Saturday, apparently because the tribe believes the agency has unfairly focused its enforcement efforts on tribal members.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Deputy Director Mike Volesky tells The Billings Gazette that Warden Dirk Paulsen of Chinook was patrolling about 12 miles west of Hays on Saturday morning when tribal officers blocked his vehicle.

Last year, the tribe passed a resolution denying wardens access to tribal lands without authorization. Volesky says some interpret it as meaning nontribal members need permission to travel across tribal lands, even on public roads.

Volesky says tribal officers threatened to impound Paulsen's vehicle. Fort Belknap Indian Community Council president Mark Azure says the warden was cited for criminal trespass

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Tester Urges BNSF to Alleviate Service Delays
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NMB) - For years, Montana's agricultural producers have relied upon rail shipping services to move their product across the country. Recently, though, several farmers have experienced problems in service delays due to an increased demand of oil transportation from the Bakken on those same railways.

Members of the National Farmers Union visited Congress in Washington, D.C. last week to voice some of their concerns. U.S. Senator Jon Tester says there are a number of solutions to ease the burden, some more feasible than others.

"Part of it is building the XL Pipeline, that will relieve some of the pressure off the rails. Another part of it is BNSF spending a ton of money, billions of dollars in Montana doubling up that track. That's going to help because they need more capacity. They reduced their (delivery) days from 47 down to 11, but there's still a lot of wheat being pled on the ground around Montana."

On Monday we will hear from one of the ag producers who traveled to Washington last week.

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USDA to Fund Wetland Easement in Phillips Co.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (NMB) - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that it will invest $6.2 million to help Montana landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands.

The funding comes from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which was created as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. The goal is to protect critical wetlands and keep lands in farming and ranching for the future.

In Montana, NRCS will fund 6 different easements, including a wetlands easement in Phillips County.

Nationwide, $328 million will be spent on 380 easement projects spanning 139,000 acres of land.

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Our local news brings relevance to issues of importance - news coverage that relates to residents of North Central Montana. Accurate, timely information delivered in a prompt and cohesive manner.

Expanded hourly updates are delivered at the top of each hour at 6, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. and every afternoon at 4 and 5 p.m. Headline news, breaking stories and updates available all other hours. "Montana at Noon" is a more in-depth review of the news starting daily at 12:15 p.m. daily.

Residents of North Central Montana have long recognized the quality and timeliness of our newscasts. Additional recognition of our news at the national, regional and state level comes from the Associated Press, Society for Professional Journalists, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Radio and Television News Director Association's prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.
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