News Briefs

County considers settlement in coroner dispute


The Fergus County commissioners meet today, Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5:15 p.m. in the commissioners’ office on the second floor of the courthouse. Items on the agneda include appointments to the Port Authority and discussion and possible action on a settlement between the Fergus County coroner and Ralph and Kendra Mihlfeld.


Library closes for Thanksgiving


The Lewistown Public Library will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 23. Regular hours will resume on Friday, Nov. 24.

Moose to hold annual Thanksgiving dinner


The annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Moose will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Bring your family and friends for good food, good friends and fun.


First Presbyterian Church offers free Thanksgiving Day dinner


On Thursday, Nov. 23 from 12-2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church will provide a free Thanksgiving Day dinner with deliveries to the homebound. 

For more information, call 538-2112.


Montana’s Country Schoolhouses presentation is Thursday


“Road Trip Back in Time: The Joys of Locating and Documenting Montana’s Country Schoolhouses” presentation will be on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Lewistown Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.


Join Evening of Thankfulness potluck dinner


The Compassionate Friends of Central Montana will have an “Evening of Thankfulness” on Monday, Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Saint Leo’s Parish Hall. We will begin with a potluck dinner. The main course will be provided; members are asked to bring a photo of their child and something to share for the potluck their child would have liked to eat.

Our discussion will center around being grateful for the gifts that our children gave to us.


Groovy Gaffers to headline Saturday’s dance


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the Saturday afternoon dance on Nov. 18. The band features Laurie Lohrer on vocals, and Dave Robertson and Don and Barb Engle on guitars and vocals.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2-4 p.m. Dancers of all ages are welcome.

There will be a coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. There is a small admission fee.


Reclamation presents water supply report for Bighorn Basin


The Bureau of Reclamation will present water supply conditions in the Bighorn Basin and discuss the agency’s proposed fall/winter operating plan for Yellowtail Dam/Bighorn Lake at a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16. Additionally, the Bighorn River System Issues Group will discuss o     perating criteria for Yellowtail Dam.

The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 5500 Midland Road, Billings, Montana, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding about 3:30 p.m.

Stakeholders and interested parties in both Montana and Wyoming are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the discussions.

For additional information, please contact Jack Conner of the Montana Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, at (406) 247-7300.


Education Interim Committee meeting update


The Education Interim Committee of the Legislature will meet Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, in Bozeman on the MSU campus. Please see the agenda, available on the committee website, for meeting times and locations.

The committee will visit Bozeman High School and Bridger Charter Academy on Thursday morning before convening on the MSU campus. This school visit is limited to committee members and confirmed guests’ space is limited. If you wish to participate in the visit, please contact Pad McCracken (406-444-3595 or

Later Thursday morning, the committee will receive K-12 updates from the Office of Public Instruction, as well as on the new Stars Preschool Grant Program from the Governor’s Office. After lunch and a tour of the MSU campus, the committee will dive into gifted and talented education as part of the House Joint Resolution No. 1 study of education funding for students with special needs and examine educator recruitment and retention. Representatives from Montana’s educator preparation programs and other education professionals will participate in these conversations.

Friday morning the committee will meet jointly with the Board of Regents to discuss budget reductions, student financial aid programs, and dual enrollment. The Education Interim Committee will reconvene after the joint session to hear from schools and business partners about innovative work-based learning programs.

Senate members appointed to the committee are Tom Facey, D-Missoula; Edie McClafferty, D-Butte; Dan Salomon, R-Ronan; and Russ Tempel, R-Chester. House members are Fred Anderson, R-Great Falls; Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre; Moffie Funk, D-Helena; and Don Jones, R-Billings. The committee is chaired by Sen. McClafferty with Rep. Anderson serving as vice chair.

For more information about the meeting, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Pad McCracken, committee staff.

Committee Website:

Committee Staff: or (406) 444-3595




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