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Bergren First-Ever Addictions Counselor at HHS
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Many new faces are in place at Havre High School this fall. 11 new staff members were hired to replace an unusual amount of departures this past spring.

Among the newcomers is Licensed Addictions Counselor Jesse Bergren. Bergren is employed by Bullhook Community Health Center, and will be at the High School through a grant secured by Bullhook. Bergren says it's important to reach out to students before their addiction becomes life-altering.

"Although many of the kids already crossed the line into addiction, there's still time to prevent many of the negative consequences, and even prevent some from crossing the line into addiction."

Bergren is a Havre High graduate himself, and a former addict. He says that both of those factors will hopefully allow him to connect with the students.

"I have been born and raised here, and I do have an intimate knowledge of both sides of addiction now. And I'm hoping that does make me more relatable and kids more willing to listen and maybe open up."

There is also a new School Resource Officer this year. Josh Holt takes over on a full-time basis after Ryan Pearson split his time between Havre High and MSU-Northern last year.

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Big Changes at Sunnyside School in 2014-15
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - As we continue our 'Back to School' series, we settle upon Sunnyside Intermediate School, home to Havre's 4th and 5th graders.

The obvious change at Sunnyside is the classroom expansion project that is still being completed. But Sunnyside Principal Josh Preiss says he is just as excited about the new standards-based report cards that will be issued.

"When a report card comes home in the mail, you'll see it look a little different. Instead of a letter grade, you'll be seeing numbers. It also will be broken down into subjects, so you're not just going to see math overall. You're actually going to see some of the skills within math. You're not just seeing an overall math grade, but you're seeing which skills are being taught and when they're being taught."

He adds that Sunnyside is trying to ride the momentum of some great accomplishments from last year, as well.

"Our MBI program, that's the Montana Behavior Initiative, moved from silver status to gold status. And we were awarded by the state as gold, which means we have a lot of things in place to help support our kids. There's a lot of real positive things, and we're working on behavior things to help meet the needs of students."

The first phase of the Sunnyside renovations is expected to be complete in October, followed by the second phase. When the project is finished, Sunnyside will have 4 new classrooms, and increased space for the main office, library and special education rooms.

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HasEagle Changes Plea in Assault Case
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A Havre man and former Rocky Boy police officer currently serving a 5-year prison sentence changed his plea in a separate case on Tuesday morning. Donald HasEagle pleaded no contest to a single count of aggravated assault before state District Court Judge Dan Boucher in Havre.

HasEagle was sentenced in March to a 5-year prison term after repeatedly violating conditions of his release from a 2011 deferred sentence.

In the current case, HasEagle was charged with sexual intercourse without consent. Prosecutors allege that on April 14th, 2013, HasEagle began having consensual sex with the female victim. Against the female's wishes, HasEagle then began having sex with her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable.

In an amended motion filed Tuesday, the charge was changed from sexual intercourse without consent to aggravated assault. Boucher set sentencing for November 3rd at 9:30 AM.

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Changes at Hays-LP Schools Already Making Impact
HAYS, Mont. (NMB) - This past Saturday, Hays-Lodge Pole Schools held a community celebration with various Tribal and state officials, as well as local parents and students.

The School District will be working with the state Office of Pubic Instruction over the next three years as part of state Superintendent Denise Juneau's Schools of Promise Initiative.

Hays-Lodge Pole Superintendent Dr. Margarett Campbell says the three-year commitment has had outstanding support from the school board, faculty, community, and most importantly, students within the district.

"Our students are ready for change. They're creating their own rules, they're creating consequences for their rules. And you know you're making change when students start leading it."

She adds that the changes will impact Hays-Lodge Pole teachers as well.

"We'll be changing the way we teach, all teachers need to begin changing the way they teach. We will be receiving about 100 more hours, at least, in professional development from experts in various areas."

Other changes include more reading interventions for struggling students and an increased emphasis on development in core subjects like math and science.

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Harlem Water Restrictions Lifted
HARLEM, Mont. (NMB) - The City of Harlem has announced that there are no more restrictions on water usage because of the sewer overflow.

The City of Harlem would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during the last few days.

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Havre Middle School Mixes Old with New in 2014
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Wednesday is the first day of school for the Havre Public Schools District, and final preparations are being made at Havre Middle School. The complete remodeling of the Middle School parking lot will be the most noticeable change for parents and students, but Principal Dustin Kraske says another major project took place, as well.

"Inside the building, we took the wall out between our weight room and old wrestling room up here, and created that big room now into a weight room/fitness room."

The Middle School has seen increased enrollment numbers over the past few years. Kraske notes that this year's numbers are about the same as they were last year, due to a large group of 8th graders.

"Our huge class is the current 8th grade class. They're approximately 165 kids, so that's kind of a highlight class for us as far as enrollment's concerned."

There are six new teachers and approximately 450 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Havre Middle School this year.

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Huston Pleads Guilty in 3 Rocky Boy Corruption Cases
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - A Havre businessman has pleaded guilty to charges that his company overbilled the Chippewa Cree Tribe by $116,000 to recover money used to pay off tribal officials who awarded a contract to demolish the reservation's health center.

Shad Huston also pleaded guilty to counts of bribery and failure to file currency transaction reports as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Huston appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris on Monday in Great Falls.

In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Rostad, it is alleged that Huston was part of a group that met periodically at Leon's Buy and Sell to devise methods to exploit tribal contracts. They say Huston was nicknamed "Chumlee" from the television show Pawnstars, and was joined by:

CEO of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corporation Tony Belcourt, known as "Tony the Tiger"

James Eastlick, Jr., known as "Ronald McDonald"

Tribal Councilman John "Chance" Houle, known as "G" or "Triple G", the "G" referring to "greed"

and an unnamed tribal official nicknamed the "Hamburglar"

The offer of proof also states that whenever a scheme had been decided on, it was referred to as a "happy meal."

Judge Morris set sentencing for Huston for November 24th at 10:00 AM.

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Havre High Prepares for Increased Students, New Staff
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The first day students will return to Havre Public Schools is set for Wednesday. At Havre High School, Principal Craig Mueller has been busy adjusting to 11 new teachers and staff members, as well as an increasing number of students. Mueller says robust numbers at Havre Middle School are starting to make their mark at the High School.

"We just wrapped up registration with 560 students enrolled at the High School. Our freshman class is the largest at almost 160."

He adds that with the 11 new faculty members in place, 7 new courses are being offered this year as well.

"With new teachers come a lot of new ideas, and we spent a lot of time in the spring talking about what we wanted our curriculum to look like. So we proposed, and the Board graciously accepted several new course proposals, so we have a lot of things for students to choose from as far as new courses this year."

In terms of enrollment, Havre is 4th largest in the state among Class A schools.

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State Superintendent Visits Hays-LP School District
HAYS, Mont. (NMB) - This past Saturday, Hays-Lodge Pole Schools held a community celebration with various Tribal and state officials, as well as local parents and students. The School District will be working with the state Office of Pubic Instruction over the next three years as part of state Superintendent Denise Juneau's Schools of Promise Initiative.

The initiative has already been implemented at three other school districts in the state: Frazer, Lame Deer and Pryor. Juneau says the funding comes from a $1.5 million federal School Improvement Grant, and will offer a lot of new tools for Hays-Lodge Pole.

"Teacher training, some support to administration, we provide a School Board Coach, we've had a Community Liaison in the past that works with community members and parents, and really gets involved with students."

She adds that the support from the Hays-Lodge Pole community was outstanding.

"It's nice to see a lot of young families present who are engaged with their school district, to see the elders here, supporting these young families, and to really see the gamut of generations present and all wanting to work on behalf of students to make sure that they're performing well."

Tomorrow, we will hear from Hays-Lodge Pole Superintendent of Schools Dr. Margarett Campbell. She will tell us some of the positive changes that have already been implemented.

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