Looking Back


   October 23 — Montana cowboy Sylvan LaCross was awarded the coveted Bullfighter of the Year award by the Northern Rodeo Association Oct. 11 in Butte. Sylvan is a fifth generation native of Baker and is the son of Lon and Monica LaCross of Baker and the late Patricia LaCross. Sylvan is also a bareback rider, but is making the transition to focus entirely on bullfighting. . . Word has been received that our community has been awarded the bid to host the Montana High School Rodeo Association finals next summer. . . High temperature Oct. 18 was 79 degrees. . . Scott Anderson, business teacher at  Baker High School, has been elected the 2016 president of the Montana Association for Career and Technical Education. . . Baker post office is getting a fresh coat of paint; and the Scissor Wizard is being revamped. . . Plevna Volunteer Fire Dept. hosted their 58th annual Pancake and Sausage Supper Oct. 10. Over 600 people devoured 1400 pancakes and 270 pounds of sausage. . . Baker High School senior football, volleyball and cheerleader were honored at Parents’ Night. The seniors include Olivia Mahon – cheerleader; volleyball players – Taylyn Koenig, Morgan Miller, Taylor Miller, and Madison Varner; football players – Jordan Baxter, Nic Bohle, Austin Braun, Joe Fisher, Ben Fujimori, Shawn Hirst, Michael Holliday, Matt Packer, Will Smith, and Zane Tunby.

   October 30 — Toni Reetz is honored for her dedication to 4-H. She has been a 4-H leader for 31 years. . . Daylight Saving time ends Nov. 1. . . Baker Spartan football team ended their season as conference champions. Their first playoff game is against Glasgow at home, Oct. 31. . . Keely Heaton-Custer and Riley Schultz of Baker both placed first in their age group in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick sectional competition Oct. 5 in Miles City. They now advance to the team championship contest. . . Dave Crawford of Baker is pictured with a 6×6 elk he shot opening weekend of archery season. Dave shot the elk on land he owns toward Miles City. . . 2015 Positive Choices Youth Conference took place Oct. 13. Guest speaker was Rusty May, school counselor, violence prevention specialist and founder of the Bullying and School Safety Foundation. Approximately 550 students K-12 were in attendance. They came from Baker, Ekalaka, Plevna, Marmarth and Wibaux.

  November 6 — Laurie Pankratz, retired after serving the Baker School District for 29 years. Laurie has been the secretary at Lincoln School for the last nine years, and before that she worked at the high school office. . . Unofficial municipal general election results show JoDee Pratt the winner for alderman in Ward One; Leigh Ann LaCroix won the alderman position in Ward Two; and Thomas Shelhamer and Roscoe Gray are the two councilmen for Plevna. . . The Montana Department of Commerce has awarded the City of Baker a Community Development Grant for $22,500. It is to be used for the purpose of rehabbing downtown Baker. . High temperature Nov. 1 was 67 degrees. . . Baker Spartan football team won their first playoff game against Glasgow, 47-6. They now advance to the quarter-finals and will host the Manhattan Tigers Nov. 7. . . NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Alex G. Collie of MacKenzie a recipient of the agency’s General Albert J. Myer Award for 65 years of outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. . . Halloween costumes are featured in this issue of the Times.

  November 13 — Twenty plus county employees flooded the Commissioners’ office during their regular business meeting Nov. 4. Topic of discussion was the finalizing of a job description draft which would create a new county position entitled Chief Administrative Officer. Employees voiced concerns regarding the scope of authority of the new administrator. . Baker Spartans defeated the Manhattan Tigers, 37-21. The Spartans will travel to Fairfield Nov. 14 to challenge the Eagles in the semi-finals. . . Mrs. Lynn Beach, business teacher at Baker High School, was selected Young Outstanding Business Educator for the State of Montana at the Montana Educators’ Association Convention Oct. 15-16 in Billings . . Nov. 7, President Barack Obama said no to the request from TransCanada to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This ends a seven year review of the construction project. . . Nov. 5, Spencer Losing, a senior at Baker High School, was named a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program. Losing, son of Jerry and Jill, has been recognized as an exceptional student and athlete. . St. John’s Catholic Youth Group collected food for the Community Cupboard Nov. 4. The youth collected 310 pounds of food. . . Eighty-five area ladies enjoyed the Sweet and Simple Affair held in the exhibit Hall Nov. 7. Jalynn Dyke was the grand prize winner of a holiday table with a complete elegant formal serving set for eight, tablecloth and centerpiece.

   November 20 — The American Legion Club honored area veterans with a chili supper on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11. Nine veterans were on hand to gather for a picture and they were Don Cheney, Ed Williams, Drury Phebus, Paul Jay Gregory, John Hecker, Robert Wood, Bob Neumann, Darryl Gatzke and Lester Whitney. . . New to the area and just in time for the holidays is Big Hill Dog Boarding. This fledgling business is licensed and owned by Greg and Christina Gaub. . . Baker Spartan football team ended their season Nov. 14. They were defeated by the Fairfield Eagles 42-8 in the semi-final game. . . Ms. Terry Curry was presented with the District VI Advisor of the Year Award at the Montana Student Councils State Convention which was held Oct. 18-20 in Great Falls. . . . Wade Sikorski, area farmer/rancher south of Baker, was awarded the Mary Donohue Tell It Like It Is Award by the Northern Plains Resource Council at their annual convention Nov. 14 in Billings. . . Kourtney Hanley Stortz, RN, BSN, was named Employee of the Quarter at Glendive Medical Center.

   November 27  The holiday season is drawing near and the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture presents a celebration of the hometown marketplace. Black Friday, Nov. 27, local merchants will stay open late, and Nov. 28 shoppers are encouraged to shop in Baker during “Small Business Saturday”. .  Science Fair held at Baker High School Nov. 17. The fair, under the direction of Mrs. Linda Rost, had 27 projects presented with 60 students participating. . . A retirement  and 80th birthday party for Carl Hepperle is being held Dec. 4 at the Insurance Store. . . . Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hosted the annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner Nov. 18. Superintendent Don Schillinger was the guest speaker. . . Fallon Medical Complex long term care residents enjoyed a mini fair. Many nursing home residents are unable to enjoy the Fallon County Fair, so 4-H members take the fair to them. They take their cats, paintings, drawings, photographs, etc.

   December 4 — Ninth annual Wild Game Feed was held Nov. 14. It was attended by 350-400 people and proceeds this year topped $87,000. This year’s event raffled off 44 guns. Big “Hat” Auction winners were Dustin Gorder, Todd Adamson and Kirstie Nelson. . . . New to Fallon County is the indoor archery and shooting range. Range Officer Shane Bettenhausen is the newly hired shooting range manager. He is putting the finishing touches on operations and will be hosting a grand opening after the holidays. . . Nov. 28  a 2003 Alero Oldsmobile driven by a 24 year old male struck a guy-wire on a power pole four miles west of Baker and caused a power outage for the City of Baker. The outage lasted 90 minutes. . . Evelyn Morrison will celebrate her 90th birthday Dec. 12. . . Vendors from four different states displayed their wares this year at the annual Xi Alpha Nu Christmas Bazaar held Nov. 22.

   December 11 — O’Fallon Community Choir presented their 37th annual Christmas Concert Dec. 6 at St. John’s Catholic Church. The choir is under the direction of Debbi Jo Varner with Melissa Rost on the piano. . . Jessica Lynn Paul, 14 year old daughter of Albert and Lynn (Rieger) Paul, has been awarded a heifer calf by the NILE Merit Heifer Program. . . High temperature Dec. 7 was 56 degrees. . . The first winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion was Marla Orcutt. She received $100 in Baker Bucks. . . Carl Hepperle had a double reason to celebrate Dec. 4, as he turned 80 years old and retired that same day. . . Equity Co-op Association of Baker is now under the new management of Beach Cooperative Grain Company of Beach, ND. . . Chase and Chance Follmer are pictured peeking out from the teepee Chase won in the Wounded Warrior Raffle Benefit held at the Bazaar in November.

   December 18 — Three year old Blakely LaCroix is pictured on Santa’s Lap. Santa made a quick stop in Baker Dec. 9 so he could see all the children and listen to what they wanted for Christmas. Blakely is the daughter of Justin and LeighAnn LaCroix of Baker. . . Ten organizations participated in this year’s Christmas Parade of Lights held Dec. 9. They were Lakeview Baptist Church, Changed for Life Church, Baker Assembly of God Church, Medicine Rocks Church, Baker Rec Department, Brightside Day Care, Eastern Montana Community Health Center, WBI Energy, Faith Home Schooling Group, and Boy Scout Troop #256. It was unusually warm for a Montana winter night. . . The second winner of the Be A Winner! Shop in Baker! promotion was Gwen Miller of Baker. . . Raymond and Jessie Fost will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 21. A card shower is being held in their honor. . . This issue of the Fallon County Times features letters to Santa, Christmas poems, stories, and pictures.

   December 25 — First place winner in the Baker Chamber Christmas Light Decorating Contest was Neil and Ashlee Moore, second place went to Kelly and Jaime Goerndt and  Johnna and Darin Koenig placed third. Honorable mention went to Lisa and Jason Dulin. . . The last winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion was Kathy Schwindt of Baker. . . Dec. 15, the Montana Public Service Commission rejected a $10.9 million interim electricity rate increase requested by Montana-Dakota Utilities. . . Bohle Images Photography Studio donated $250 toward the Christmas Wishes program. The Expressions for Christmas first annual fundraiser photo booth, which was also sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, was located in Thee Garage Showroom during the Countdown to Christmas celebration.