Looking Back . . .


   June 12 — Over 300 spectators cheered for their favorite drivers at the annual Tri-Area Racing Association Bump-N-Run held in Baker June 7. Thirty-nine cars featured drivers from Baker, Circle, Ekalaka, Glendive, Westby, Minot, ND, Plevna and Colstrip. . . Nicole Allerdings, a junior at Plevna High School, attended the 67th annual Montana Girls State Program May 30-June 5 at Carroll College in Helena. She ran for the office of Clerk of the Supreme Court and won. . . Baker City Council convened June 3 for their regular meeting. Sewer average rates for the upcoming year were set to $21.28 from $20.22. . .  Loreen Nemitz will celebrate her 80th birthday June 20 at the Joe Montana Center in Ismay. . . Primary funding for the new downtown holiday decorations has been met and the down payment has been submitted. The decorations will be shipped in September. . . Dr. Temple Grandin and Curt Pate drew a crowd for the Low-Stress Livestock Handling Program held in Baker June 3.

   June 19 — American Legion Post 35 honored the American flag on Flag Day, June 14, by burning it. Those in attendance stood by the Baker Lake Gazebo as members of American Legion Post 35 assisted by the Cub Scouts ceremonially burned approximately 200 flags. . . . Jack and Sandra Kinsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 27. . . May 20, ToyBox Preschool, held their graduation ceremony. Twenty-seven graduates took the stage to share what they had learned in preschool. . . May 29, Baker’s third through eighth graders gathered on the football field for the annual Recess Relay event. Students participated in many events to support the cause of fighting against cancer. . . Baker Spartan football players Clint Lesh, Seth Barkley, and Dallas Arnell participated in the Montana Class B All-Star Football Game held in Billings June 13. They played on the South Team and were victorious 37-28. Baker coach Jay Hoversland was one of the coaches for the South Team. Dallas Arnell was chosen defensive player of the game. . . Rolling Rubber Tire Factory is closing  their Baker business located at 908 E. Main Street. . . Picture: Sons of the American Legion of Baker presented Cindy Stark with a check from the community fundraiser held June 6. . . Russell’s Clothing is celebrating its 99th anniversary June 18-20.

   June 26 — June 21, forty riders saddled up for the annual St. Jude’s Trail Ride. Doug Bruha, coordinator for the ride, said this is the largest group that has participated since he began helping with the ride. . . Severe weekend thunderstorms largely missed Baker but hit surrounding areas hard. During the evening of June 19, a storm swept through the area with golf-ball size hail and heavy rainfall. Areas south of the city were damaged. Broken windows were reported from Roxie Lane continuing through Fallon County. Baker received over an inch of rain. Picture: Mark and Dena Kirschten’s car was hit hard during the hail storm west of the Ismay turnoff. Cody Rieger and Scott Rieger’s corn field, west of Plevna, was stripped during the storm. . . Spiffy’s, located at 118 Main Street North, will soon be sporting a new name, Spiffy’s Tire Pros. In February 2015, owner Jay Quenzer signed a franchise agreement to convert the existing business into a Tire Pros. . . Members of the first place team in the Baker Oilfield Open Golf tournament held June 19-20 were Klint Flint, Ryan Varner, Eric Koppinger, Bill Curtis, Jason Custer, and Shawn Maher. There were 108 golfers in attendance at this year’s tournament.

  July 3 — In downtown Baker, you can now take a step back in time looking at the new mural painted on the south side of Prairie Rose Classics. Brilliant colors depict a scene resonating from the bygone era when Route 66 was a definition of America. A classic stainless steel diner sits in the background with a parking lot full of classic cars and a Texaco station off to the left masking a glass doorway to the building. . . Sonia Schell of Baker was chosen as the 2015 Beta Sigma Phi First Lady of the Year. Sonia is involved in her church, volunteers at the nursing home and Superior Care villa as a hair stylist, and donates her time as a Pinkie at the hospital. . . Friends of FMC Foundation Lights of Life ceremony took place June 28. Forty-one luminaries were lit in remembrance of loved ones. Pastor Joel Noel of the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Plevna was guest speaker. . . Sonia Meccage of Pure Prairie Soap is pictured giving residents at Superior Care Villa a demonstration in soap making. . . Fourth annual Tom McGonigal Memorial Kids Fishing Day was held June 27 at South Sandstone Reservoir. . . . Fallon County taxes are going up. Fallon County is in the middle of a perfect tax storm. The impact from Senate Bill 157 in conjunction with the Bakken boom and speculation has caused local property values to skyrocket.

   July 10 — Fun, friends and fireworks were all part of the celebration in Baker on the Fourth of July at the annual Fallon County Day. Thirty-six contestants competed in the morning 5K Walk/Run around Baker Lake. Six teams competed in the volleyball double elimination tournament, and the Stonebrakers, a couple from Pennsylvania, claimed the championship title. Eighteen people participated in the horseshoe doubles tournament. Gary Gorder and Justin Koenigsfeld won the championship. . . Scott and Andrea Stonebraker, a two person volleyball team from Harrisburg, PA, arrived on the sand with a goal in mind and a competitive edge against local volleyball players, July 4. It was the first

time they had played against teams of six, but they took the championship title that day.

   July 17 — Baker police are warning residents to take care to secure their valuables and lock their cars in town. They have received complaints of theft from inside vehicles parked in Baker. . . A former bookkeeper employed at Farmers Union Oil Company in Baker has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing fuel over a six year period. Court documents show Barbara Stanhope of Baker is charged with four counts of felony theft for issuing herself and her daughter Farmers Union cardtrol cards linked to accounts belonging to Elenburg Exploration, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Halliburton Energy Services. . . Jacob Renner, formerly of Baker, was arrested July 4 in Oregon. He was a past employee of Equity Co-op in Baker. He broke into Equity Co-op June 23 and a surveillance video shows him walking through the offices, entering the walk-in safe and attempting to open a cash register. Renner is charged with one count of felony burglary and faces charges of being a fugitive from justice. . . Mid-Rivers Communications is starting to replace old copper lines with fiber optic cable around the City of Baker. A contracted crew is doing the work in conjunction with the City’s upcoming alley project. . . . Paul and Frances Zachmann will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary July 18.

   July 24 — Relay for Life was held in Baker July 17. Seven teams participated in this year’s event and 80 participants raised about $46,500 for the fight against cancer. Dena Kirschten of the Relay Committee welcomed everyone to the event. The Pledge of Allegiance was presented by the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Pastor Joel Noel served as chaplain for the opening prayer. Keynote speaker of the evening was Sara Helgoth of Baker. . . Montana Senator Jon Tester announced that Montana counties will receive nearly $27 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to pay for essential services. Fallon County will receive $38,427. . . City Councilor Brandon Schmidt, who represents Ward 2, has resigned due to health issues. The Council will appoint a new council member to serve out the rest of Schmidt’s term. . . . Carl and Gloria Hepperle will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 1. . The Baker Rookie League (7-8 year olds) finished their first season. Coaches are Justin Moser, Paul Schwartz and Jason Coulter. Players on the team were Jaron Kesinger, Sheldon Johnson, Jackson Moser, Gentre Coulter, Jarek Janz, Sincere Ely, Aiden Schwartz, Chance Follmer, Drake Graham, Chad Griffith, Chase Follmer, Tucker Miller, Jerrick Moser, Cru Schwartz, Christopher Brawley and Wyatt Hagadone. Bat girl was Devyn Schwartz.

   July 31 — The newest member of the Baker Police Department is Cameron Farrell. Prior to graduating from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in March 2015, he served with the Lewistown Police Department. . . Gusty winds tore down some branches around the City of Baker July 27 and 28. An exceptional cold front brought the extremely windy conditions to Fallon County. Sustained winds around 45 mph were reported in Baker with gusts as high as 60 mph July 28. . . Youth gathered in the livestock barn on the Fallon County Fairgrounds to learn and practice showing their animals July 22. All participants learned tips to help them prepare their animals for showing at the fair. . . Jim Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament was held July 11 at the Lakeview Country Club. First place team winner in the A division was comprised of Dustin Schmeling, Devin Schmeling, Lance Rambousek, Sean Russell and Byron Overton. Two B division teams tied for first and were: Mike Quade, Bobby Laird, Sue Keller,  Dennis Keller and Brittani Brence; and Mitch Anderson, Doug Vanderpan, Dane Vanderpan, Todd Steinwand and Ryan Vanderpan.

   August 7 — Fairgoers have a new option for buying tickets this year – a badge to get into four events. . . Baker Fire Department crews have been working at hydrants testing and maintaining them. Flow testing of the hydrants is done to identify the amount of water a certain hydrant can deliver during an emergency situation. All hydrants in Baker were tested and color coded so Fire Department personnel can immediately identify the gallons per minute a hydrant can supply. Green indicates 1,000 plus gallons per minute; yellow – 300 to 1,000; red 0-300 and black means hydrant is not functioning. . . Baker Public Works residential alley project is currently underway. The old material is being cut out down to solid ground and replaced with millings. As soon as everything is put in, oil and light chips will be put on top to bind the millings together. . The threat of avian influenza deadly to poultry, but not affecting people, means there won’t be any poultry at this year’s Fallon County Fair. . . Kalli Post was the winner of the Kindle fire in the Christmas in July drawing held at Baker Furniture. . . The new lagoon for the city should be finished this week and into the testing phase for two weeks. Plans for upgrading the existing cells are being set in motion.

   August 14 — Fair rodeo will have a whole new look. After decades of use, the old arena was becoming outdated and wasn’t safe for rodeo stock or contestants. The old arena was torn down and the new one included moving the announcer’s stand farther back for a better view of the bucking chutes. Timed events moved to the south end, more pens were added in the back; new sand for the arena surfacing was added, and overall the arena was extended and made wider. . . Fallon County Fair and Rodeo for 2015 is shaping up to be a great production. The rodeo will have 425 contestants from three counties, 23 states, and four Canadian Provinces. They will all be competing for part of the $60,000 purse raised by the Fair Board and supporting businesses and residents of Fallon County. . . Stan Wagner, 16 year old son of Jake and Wendy Wagner of Baker, died Aug. 7 in a single vehicle rollover on Powderville Road near Ekalaka. . . Fallon Post #35 of the American Legion is attempting to collect a photo of each veteran that has his or her name engraved on the Fallon County Veterans Memorial in Steve McClain Park.

   August 21 — Fallon County Fair is on – Aug. 20-23. . . Plevna Public School will have several new teachers to greet students on the first day of school. They are Bertha Kirschten, Aaron Wolters, Neal Coon, Breanna Parks, and Janae Coon. . . A non-perishable food item was the cost for a grocery bag of clothing at the first ever Cans for Clothing Garage Sale held in Baker. About 150 bags of clothing were exchanged for over 250 food items benefiting the local food pantry. . . Schweigert family reunion held July 24-25 in Billings. Ninety-six second, third, fourth and fifth generation descendants were represented from nine states. . . Reynolds Market is celebrating its 90th anniversary Aug. 28-29. All day both days you pay only 90 percent of your total receipt.

   August 28 — After 37 years Father Thomas Tobin is retiring from his service to St. John’s Catholic Church in Baker. He plans to live in Ekalaka and serve the church there as much as he is able. . . Fallon County Fair ends with a great turnout. A strong cold front moved into the area Saturday and dampened the activities. The parade was rescheduled for Sunday morning and the Loverboy concert was moved to the Longfellow Gym. All other events were held as scheduled. Sunday’s rodeo attendance was record-breaking. . . Numerous new teachers were welcomed to the Baker Public School District when school started Aug. 26. These new teachers are JoDee Hess – elementary music, Vicki Volz – second grade, Kelsey Stewart – third grade, Mardee Guyer – fourth grade, Kallie Madler – sixth grade, Karen Wang – high school math. . . The second annual Dave “Boarzie” Straub Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament took place Aug. 15 at Coldwell Field in Baker. Seven teams competed in the event. Teams played in honor of people who have battled and are battling Multiple Sclerosis. . . Dylan Sander of Plevna once again won an honorable award at the Montana Youth Range Camp held July 27-31 at Colstrip. He won the Top Hand Award for getting the highest score on the quizzes. . . At the Fallon County Fair Zoie Rost had the Grand Champion Steer, Chase Huelle – Grand Champion Goat; Cole Rost – Grand Champion Swine; Chase Huelle – Grand Champion Sheep; Aspen Stitt – Grand Champion Rabbit.