Year in Review

January 5 — Headline: Reini Martin shares her long, incredible journey as a German immigrant. . .The Baker Fire Department was paged out to a house fire in the early morning hours of Jan. 1. The residents of 13 Milwaukee Ave. noticed their power was out in a couple rooms of their home. Upon opening the attic, smoke began billowing out of the opening and fire spewed from the dining room light. It was an electrical fire caused by a short in the wiring. The fire was contained to one room with significant damage. . .Cleet Wrzesinski of Baker, Mont., has been named to the Dickinson State University President’s List for the fall 2017 semester. . .High temperature Jan. 2 was 21. Low temperature Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 was -31.

January 12 — Baker City Clerk Kevin Dukart swore JoDee Pratt, Mayor of Baker, into office Dec. 26, 2018 and swore Anna Straub, City Judge, into office the following day. Mayor JoDee Pratt swore Steve Zachmann, Ward 1, and Pat Ehret, Ward II council members, into office on Jan. 3. . .The Fourth Annual Southeastern Montana Coyote Calling Contest was held Jan. 5-6. Forty-five two and three man teams registered. The over 100 hunters bagged a total of 62 coyotes. John, Jacob and Marc Rieger took first place with nine coyotes and were awarded $1,700. The local hunt was organized by Trevor Nelson and Dustin Varner. . .Nicholas Bohle, Plevna, has been named to the President’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2017 semester at Bismarck State College. . .Isaiah Schell, Baker was named to North Dakota State College of Science fall semester 2017 President’s Honor List. . .Dusin Rost, Baker and Dylan Sander, Plevna were named to Montana State University-Northern fall semester Dean’s List. . .High temperature Jan. 9 was 42.

January 19 — Photo: Snowfall and drifting caused a lot of commotion in Fallon County on Jan. 10 as a winter storm dumped approximately three inches of snow in a short period of time. Local law enforcement reported many callouts concerning vehicles that had slid into ditches along the highways near town. The area has been plagued with subzero temperatures on both sides of the winter storm. . .Headline: Bogus missile attack alert leaves uneasy feeling in its wake. Hawaii is the only state that is set up to send cell phone alerts about the threat of an incoming ballistic missile. It is an alert meant to help protect its residents in the face of danger but on the morning of Jan. 13, the alert was the harm. At 8 a.m. a text alert was sent out stating “Emergency Alert. BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” At 8:38 a.m. the State of Hawaii sent out another text that said the missile threat was a false alarm. Gina (O’Donnell) Phillips and husband Ken have lived in Hawaii for the past 4 1/2 years. Gina, is 1999 graduate of Baker High School. “You can feel like something like that isn’t ever going to come about but it makes you think when an event like this happens,” said Gina. “ You can’t live in fear. We are just really lucky it was all ok.”. . .Deep ruts on tracks blamed for near miss train accident. On Jan. 15, the tires of a Chevy Impala had gotten stuck in the deep ruts of the train tracks. Don Buerkle and his tow truck were able to get the car out, the train wasn’t too close at first but it was getting closer. . .High temperature Jan. 10 was 38. Low temperature Jan. 15 was -27. . .Haylee Barkley, Joseph Fisher and Jase Rost all of Baker were named to Montana State University-Bozeman honor rolls for fall semester 2017. . .Mrs. Wagnon, Plevna School, used the Grant money she received from Mid-Rivers and purchased seven keyboards which have been set up in a music lab. These keyboards have computer screens and headsets for both the students and for her.

January 26 — Headline: Wagners receive the 2017 Citizens of the Year Award. Jake and Wendy Wagner join a distinguished list of community members that have been recognized by the City of Baker for Citizens of the Year. Mayor JoDee Pratt presented the Wagners with a plaque at the Jan. 17 city council meeting as a token of the City’s appreciation of their selfless giving of time and donations in this and surrounding communities. . .There have been some very big changes happening recently at Reynolds Market in Baker. Shoppers have noticed many items have moved to new locations throughout the store. Area residents will enjoy many new fresh food items and a new beer case will also be home to approximately 150 new varieties of beer. . .High temperature Jan. 18 was 43. Low temperature Jan. 22 was 2. . .Darby Bettenhausen was named to the President’s List and Melissa Breitbach, the Dean’s List from  the University of Montana, Missoula fall semester 2017. . .The Bismarck State College Foundation has recognized Daniel Rost, of Baker, as the recipient of the a $500 Darby Tech Training Equipment Scholarship.

February 2 — Devon Solberg, a junior at Baker High School, placed first at the State Speech and Drama Meet for the third year in a row. The meet was held in Huntley Project Jan. 26-27. “It is a rare thing for one person to be state champion three years in a row”, said Speech and Drama Coach Angel Wyrwas. Devon is the son of Nate and Libby Solberg of Baker. . .Emergency personnel were dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Jan. 29. A semi carrying a full load of round hay bales was trying to navigate a corner then his trailer slipped off the road. The semi rolled and the cab of the truck was crushed upside down, trapping the driver. The Baker Fire Department extricated the driver from the cab, and he was treated for minor injuries at Fallon Medical Complex. . .Roy and Melissa Rost announce the adoption of a son, Kyler James Rost on Jan. 11. . .March for Life event held in Baker on Jan. 22. Approximately 30 people attended the event. . .Sixty students, grades 10-12 competed in the 4th annual Science Fair Jan. 25. Grand prize winners were: Psychology and Human Biology: Maryssa Rusley, Katelynn Afrank and Amber Durden; Physical Science: Madison Reddick and Aaron Smith; Biology: Katie Wang and Macee Hadley. . .Picture: Zander Rost received a Spartan shirt as an award for making the 500 point AR club.

February 9 — Dalton Herbst will be heading to the All Class State Wrestling tournament in Billings for the Eastern B-C Division in the 160 lb. class. . .Plevna resident, Shanna Medearis, was in District Count on Feb. 6 to change her plea to guilty on multiple drug charges. . .Eric Mitchell, was sentenced on drug charges in District Court on Feb. 6. . .An accident that claimed the life of a local man is still under investigation a week later.
We now know that it was a pressured blast at a wellhead,” said Sheriff Trenton Harbaugh. Chad Tronstad, of Baker was killed in the incident. . .U.S. Senator Steve Daines spent time in Baker on Feb. 3, during his weekend tour of nine Eastern Montana communities. . . Kinsey Auctioneers & Real Estate wins big at the Montana Auctioneers Association Marketing Competition. Five professional judges placed Kinsey Auctioneers & Real Estate 1st place in three of the five divisions. . .High temperature Feb. 3 was 36. Low temperature Feb. 5 & 6 was -14. . .The Plevna FFA Mechanics Team traveled to the Fergus Mechanics Competition in Lewistown. The Plevna team placed sixth out of twenty-two teams.

February 16 — Headline: Nonrenewal of Plevna Superintendant’s contract causes community division. The Plevna School Board voted in December to not renew Superintendent Jule Walker’s contract. The 3-2 vote not to renew belies the contentious atmosphere that came after the vote, lingering well into February. . .Rural Baker resident, Wanda Pinnow, took office Jan. 30 as President Elect of American National CattleWomen (ANCW) during their winter meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. . .Dalton Herbst wins state wresting title. Dalton finished his high school wrestling career as big as it gets when he became state champion for 160 lb. weight class at the All Class State Tournament in Billings. A parade of law enforcement and fire trucks met Dalton when he came home. . .High temperature Feb. 13 was 32. Low temperature Feb. 10 & 12 was -18. . .The Missoula Children’s Theater along with the students from Plevna School presented the community with the play Aladdin on Feb. 3. . .The Knights of Columbus hosted their annual Americanism Program Feb. 7, and highlights America as one nation.

February 23 — The City of Baker in cooperation with Rural And Tribal Environmental Solutions (RATES) held three informational meetings Feb. 8-9 at Thee Garage to explain upcoming improvements to the drinking water system. . .The Baker Senior Center recently finished off their first pinochle tournament series. Winners were: Ivan Felt – fourth place; June Gillison – third place; Carl Hepperle – second place and Jerry Ferrell – first place. . .City of Baker considers request for chickens in city limits. . .High temperature Feb. 14 was 45. Low temperature Feb. 20 was -12. . .Dean Wang: Family man, rancher, banker and Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee. . .Senior Lady Spartan basketball player, Amber Durden signs letter of intent to play basketball at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

March 2 — Headline: Bulls, Broncs and Barrels great family entertainment. This annual event welcomed approximately 472 spectators over the 23-24 of February. . .Bevery (Bev) Anderson Deputy City Clerk for the City of Baker retires after 40 years. Bev is looking forward to being able to go visit any of her five grandkids whenever she wants. Bev’s last day was March 2 with a coffee and cake reception to celebrate her career. . .The City of Baker received a report on Feb. 26 that there was water bubbling and steam coming from a manhole located at the 500 block of Montana Ave. East. There was a main line water break. The repair was complete by Feb. 28. . .On March 8, Baker resident Sherry Varner will begin the first 38 miles of a journey she’s been dreaming about for quite awhile. She will be riding cross-county bike ride with Woman Tours, an all woman touring company. . .High temperature Feb. 26 was 33. Low temperature Feb. 21 was -23. . .Baker police respond to reports of shots fired at house on the 100 block of South First St. West. One resident allegedly fired his shotgun in his backyard. There were no arrests, incident is still under investigation.

March 9 — Headline: Leapin’ leprechauns let the shenanigans begin! The 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Leapin’ Leprechaun Race sponsored by Friends of FMC Foundation will be held March 17. . .Fire department was dispatched to the high school at approximately 11 a.m. on March 1. The alarm was set off in the science room. After investigating they learned the science class had been performing experiments that had put off some fumes that set off the alarm. There is a vent system in the room but during the winter it is covered because the draft from it is so cold. . .The Baker Police Department received information the week of Feb. 18 that some juveniles had nude photos on their phones. The police applied for search warrants and started their investigation. They went from one student’s phone to another, each leading to more photos and more students. Parents were made aware of the situation and it has been left in their hands. The Baker School District will be offering classes to both middle and high school students regarding the concepts of internet safety and sexting. . . High temperature March 2 was 32. Low temperature March 1 was -1.

March 16 — Headline: Casey Wyrwas earns Grand Prize at Regional Science Fair. Casey’s research project is entitled, “Effects of the Known Endocrine Disruptor Pyriproxyfen Compared to the Suspected Endocrine Disruptors Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS) on Blaptica dubia Roaches.” Brooklyn Tronstad was awarded the REACH Higher Montana Award for the Best Digital Communications Project. Bo Rost was awarded 5th place among finalist for his oral presentation at the Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). . .Picture: Mayor Pratt reads 2018 Girl Scout Week Proclamation at the regular city council meeting in front of all ages of local Girl Scouts. . .The Baker City Council finished the ongoing discussion about whether or not chickens should be raised within city limits. After months of spirited community debate, the Baker City Council rejected the request. . .High temperature March 9 was 43. Low temperature March 7 was -1. . .

March 23 — Headline: Pastor Joe Epley travels abroad to teach. Youth ministry professionals from the US and Europe hosted over 25 workshops at the Fusion Youth Leaders Conference held March 16-17 in Vienna, Austria. Local pastor, Joe Epley, was among the leaders of the conference geared to help develop healthy youth ministries. . .The 2018 Baker High School Prom was held on March 17. The theme for this year was Le Jardin de l’amour or “The Garden of Love.” During the Grand March, 66 couples walked through the garden of love. Johnny Caron was crowned as the King. Brooklyn Tronstad was crowned the Queen. . .Plevna School held their prom March 16. The theme was Hollywood Red Carpet. Six couples walked down the Red Carpet in Hollywood. Taylor Rieger was crowned Queen. . . High temperature March 14 was 37. Low temperature March 14 was 13. . .Haylee Barkley participates on award winning MSU Range Club teams. . .On March 8-9, Mr. Sawers and Mrs. Paul took the 7th-9th grade classes from Plevna School on a journey to Helena, the capital of Montana, through a grant from the Montana Game, Fish & Parks Department.

March 30 — Two BHS basketball players named to the 3B All-Conference basketball teams. Madison Reddick was selected to the girl’s second team and Jon Weimer was selected to the boy’s second team. . .Picture: Casey Koenigsfeld kayaking in his yard after the spring thaws flooded his yard. . .Allie Shepherd, age 7 1/2, placed first in bar at the State Competition held at the Billings Gymnastic School March 16-18. . .High temperature March 27 was 50. Low temperature March 21 was 13. . .Senior Airman Tanner Apple, was named the 2017 Air Education and Training Command Crew Chief of the Year. Tanner is a 2011 graduate of Baker High School. He is the son of Jodie and Casey O’Donnell of Baker. . .The Spartan Wolves won 1st place at Baker Jam.

April 6 — Twenty-one Close-Up students from Baker High School, accompanied by four adults, experience Capital’s “living classroom”. The group flew out of Rapid City on March 24 to see two of the world’s most exciting destinations: Washington D.C. and New York City. . .The Bowman County School Board unanimously voted to place Superintendent Dave Mahon on administrative leave with pay indefinitely. Mahon is facing four drug related charges. . .Eric Mitchell has been sentenced to five years probation on one count of possession of a firearm not registered in National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and five years probation on one count prohibited person in possession of a firearm. . . High temperature March 30 was 45. Low temperature March 31 was 4. . .The PTA food drive leaves pie on Principal Lingle’s face. Students at Longfellow Elementary collected items for the Community Cupboard. Ms. Madler’s sixth grade class collected the most items, and each student lined up and threw their whipped cream pies at Lingle. A total of 3,619 items were collected.

April 13 — Baker School Board candidates are pictured and were interviewed: Candidates are Klint Flint, Seth Kendall and Trisha Schell. . .The Southeastern Montana Area Revitalization Team (SMART) has hired Shanny Spang Gion as their director. . .Picture: Work on the lake project has slowed recently due to excessive snow melt. . . High temperature April 10 was 57. Low temperature April 6 was 3. . .Thirty-eight students from Longfellow School qualified for the PUGS honor roll for the third quarter.

April 20 — Plevna School Board candidates are pictured and were interviewed. Candidates are Gina Carroll, Jason Oberlander, Scott Rieger and William Sparks. . .Madison Reddick has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. . .“Have the Healthiest Year You’ve Seen in 2018” is the theme of the 13th Annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair being held on April 25. . .The Baker Fire Department held their annual Ladies Night and Awards presentation on April 14. This year’s Chief’s Award went to Travis Bruha and the Firefighter of the Year Award went to Scott Putnam.

April 27 — After more than four decades of teaching physical education and driver’s education at Baker Public Schools, Tom Kendall is hanging up his whistle and stopwatch. His last class will be May 25 when school is dismissed for the summer. He plans to spend more time with family, especially his six grandkids. . .Fallon County Fair staff announced this summer’s entertainment line up for the 2018 county fair. Country artist Darryl Worley is scheduled to perform Saturday, Aug. 18. . .Baker Clean Up Days will be April 28 through May 15.  . .High temperature April 22 was 66. Low temperature April 19 was 27. . .On April 13, Fallon County Library received the 2018 Excellent Library Service Award from the Montana State Library Commission.

May 4 — Dr. Abby L’Heureux (pronounced LaRue) joins staff at Fallon Medical Complex. Dr. L’Heureux comes to FMC from New Hampshire where she currently resides. She will be in Baker nine days a month until the end of the year. . .Patti Morris, will be retiring after 36 years as an elementary school teacher, all in the Baker School District. She plans to travel, continue directing the Lutheran Church choir, serve as a Hospital Helper and intends to take more EMT call hours. . .Lightning struck a radio tower located on the southeast side of the courthouse near the dispatch center at approximately 6:30 p.m. on April 29 during a fast and furious spring storm. . . High temperature April 29 was 77. Low temperature April 25 was 33.

May 11 — Headline: Baker junior high girls running record fast. Even though snow and a late spring postponed the start of their season, the 8th grade girls track team have broken new records for the school. In only four meets the team was able to attend this season, the girls broke four records. . .Baker High School English teacher Terry Curry is retiring after 39 years. Baker was Curry’s first and only stop in her long teaching career. She plans to be “Granny Nanny” for her twin grandchildren. In addition she will also be tending to her store, All 4 U Flowers, and would like to do a bit of traveling. . .Brandon Cartisser pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing harm to a child. . .Konnor Flint will be representing the Baker Spartan Golf team at the state tournament next week. The high school freshman finished 6th at Divisionals. . .Jule Walker, Plevna’s district superintendent, has been appointed Montana’s Deputy State Superintendent for Operations. . .High temperature May 7 was 79. Low temperature May 2 was 35. . .Baker 8th graders were the winners of the 2018 food drive. . .Cru Schwartz, a third grader at Plevna Elementary, has won the 10 year-old boy’s Division of the Montana Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.

May 18 — Four Spartan athletes will be competing at State tennis in Great Falls. Tesla Erickson, Kelsey Miller, Sheyanne Janeway and Madison Moore. . .After 38 years of teaching Physical Education, 36 in Baker, JoAnn Parini will be retiring at the end of this school year. In her retirement, Parini plans to do whatever she wants whenever she wants. She would like to travel, see some Broadway plays, see their sons, spoil grandchildren some day and cruise the Panama Canal, but would also be happy reading a book. . .Motor Vehicle Division adjust Baker driver license station days of operation from every Monday to every Tuesday after June 15. . .Wayne Bennet of Baker, was sentenced on drug possession charges in the Fallon County District Court. . .Trial began this week for Baker trucking company, Woody’s Trucking, LLC and its owner, Donald Wood Jr. for 2012 explosion in Wibaux County. . .On April 26, over 140 students and adults attended and participated in the Autism Awareness Walk and Wear Blue Day. . . High temperature May 5 was 75. Low temperature May 11 was 36.

May 25 — The 104th Commencement Ceremony for Baker High School in honor of the Class of 2018 was held in the Longfellow Gymnasium on the evening of May 20. The class of 2018 comprised of 39 graduates. Co-Valedictorians Taylyn Dukart, Amber Durden and Madison Reddick each gave their addresses, with memories of their time at BHS, things they had learned and times with classmates they lost too soon: Stan Wagner and Kayleigh Scheetz. The Salutatory speech then followed as Aaron Smith shared his thoughts with fellow classmates and families. Mrs. Hoversland gave the  Commencement speech. . . On May 20, Plevna School held their 89th Graduation at the Plevna Gymnasium. The speaker for graduation was Mrs. Benner. Picture: Plevna graduate, Taylor Rieger. . .Fallon Medical Complex is welcoming a new Family Nurse Practitioner, Shawn Richardson. . .Shanna Medearis, of Plevna, was sentenced in District Court May 1 on drug distribution charges. . .Woody’s Trucking LLC and its owner, Donald Wood Jr., were convicted of more than a dozen federal charges filed after a 2012 explosion destroyed an oil processing plant near Wibaux. The defendant was found guilty May 22 of 13 of 14 federal charges. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4 in Billings. . .Trevor Lingle of Baker High school attended the 2018 National Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. He placed 9th in Visual Basic/C# Programming-MTA.

June 1 — Lady Spartans placed 2nd at State Track in Laurel, Halle Burdick, Madison Reddick, Wrenzi Wrzesinski, and Andie Batchelor. . .Casey Wyrwas completed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) May 13-18 in Pittsburg, Pa. He received a 4th place Grand Award in the category of Animal Science, along with a $500 prize for his research project. . .High temperature May 26 was 88. Low temperature May 24 was 49. . .Twenty-six students qualified for the Pull up Grades (PUGS) honor roll for the fourth quarter at Longfellow School. . .Jennifer Hirst became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God during a ceremony held in Great Falls on April 17. . .Marmarth Ambulance Service is attempting to gain funding, so they can stay in operation.

June 8 — This week Baker kicked off the month of June with the High School Rodeo Finals. . .High temperature June 4 was 89. Low temperature June 3 was 41. . .Last Saturday, people gathered downtown, despite the cool and windy day, to see sixty-five different cars for the Show & Shine Car Show. This year was different from others, as it was held downtown. . .NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Clint Dietz, of Plevna, as a 2017 recipient of the agency’s prestigious John Campanius Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observing Program. . .Leslie Bohle earns Montana Photographer of the Year Award at the Montana Professional Photographers Association’s annual competition. . .Casey Wyrwas, a 2018 graduate of Baker High School, has been awarded the “High School Hero Cord Award” from the United Blood Services for his donation of Blood at our local blood drives. . .On May 5, 2018, Dylan Sander, 2016 Plevna School graduate, finished two, two-year programs (plumbing and welding w/pipefitters endorsement) at MSUN.

June 15 — On June 20, Fallon Medical Complex will be hosting their first ever “FMC Community Appreciation Day” at the McClain Park and FMC’s north parking lot. . .Last weekend high school cowboys and cowgirls came together to put their abilities to the test at the Fallon County Fairgrounds, for the Montana High School State Rodeo Finals. This year there were five local contestants competing for state titles: Mattie Mastel, Quentin Wheeler, Brennan Graham, Jacob Wang and Kyler Afrank. . .Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition receives $600,000. . .Sierra Belvin was crowned Montana High School State Rodeo Queen for the second year in a row. . .High temperature June 9 was 90. Low temperature June 12 was 40. . .Haylee Barkley and Anna Espeland were named to the Montana State University honor roll.

June 22 — On June 9, around 200 spectators attended the Bump N’ Run that was held in Baker. This year’s Bump N’ Run featured thirteen super stock cars, nine modified cars, and one truck. . .On June 12, residents of Marmarth, N.D. voted to determine the fate of their local ambulance service. The initiative was voted in favor of, which is the first step in allowing their ambulance service to stay in operation. . .This weekend Baker got a needed four inches of rain in less than twenty-four hours. It put pressure on the City of Baker, as the storage drains were unable to handle the rapid rainfall, causing them to overflow and overwhelm the sewage system. This massive influx of rainwater overheated the pumps, so they had to run manually. . .High temperature June 14 was 91. Low temperature June 13 was 46. . .Miss Mia’s preschoolers joyfully sang “Off to Kindergarten” on May 16 at their end-of-the-year program. This ceremony honors the 11th graduating class from ToyBox. There were 21 preschool graduates.

June 29 — Quentin Wheeler, a recent high school graduate from Baker High School, will be heading to Rock Springs, Wyo. in July for High School National Rodeo Finals after placing 1st in Boy’s Cutting, 1st in Reined Cow Horse, and 1st in Steer Wrestling and being awarded with All Around Cowboy and Teskeys Top Hand during the Montana State High School Rodeo Finals. . .Despite some minor setbacks due to the wet weather, the cleanup to Baker Lake is still moving forward. The are approximately 90% done with dredging. . .Currently, a committee is being formed to address the subject of garbage pickup in Baker. Baker is exploring the idea of curbside garbage pickup. . .High temperature June 26 was 84. Low temperature June 25 was 51.

July 6 — In the late evening of July 2, Fallon County endured high winds, rain and hail. Forty miles per hour wind with gusts up to 64 mph downed numerous tree branches and demolished the local 4th of July fireworks stand as well as other structures. . .Recently, the only daycare service in Baker, Brightside Daycare, had to close its doors. They were in the process of getting a new daycare facility, however the area they had for it was not properly zoned for a commercial daycare. . .Plans remain for a TransCanada man camp in Fallon County. . .Runnings new facility moving forward as planned. . .High temperature June 28 was 88. Low temperature June 30 was 50. . .This weekend the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace run made its way through the community passing through Plevna, Baker and Marmarth.

July 13 — Headline: Tank Hill may soon be an area for all to enjoy. Mayor JoDee Pratt has drawn up a map that can be found at the City Office. She would like to put a dog run, plant a flourishing community garden. The hill would be user-friendly with walking trails, benches and a parking lot. Mayor Pratt does not want to use taxpayer money, but instead wants the community to come together and volunteer to make something great that everyone can enjoy. . .The community of Plevna is welcoming a new Administrator at the Plevna Public Schools this year. Nick Schumacher, a teacher from small town Iowa, moved to the area from Glennallen, Alaska to take on this role. . .High temperature July 10 was 95. Low temperature July 4 was 49. . .Kaydee Dyke of Baker has set up a Little Free Library/Pantry in front of her house. Kaydee, Karlee and Dylan have books, color and activity books as well as a few pantry items filled inside it. Anyone is welcome to use it and exchange books as well.

July 20 — Fallon County Veterinary Service has moved from its previous location. The new facility can be found on Pennel Road not far from where the old facility was located. The change in facility sparked Dr. Don Beck to sell his portion of the clinic to his son, Nathan. For now, Don will continue to work for Fallon County Veterinary Service. . .Plevna school is welcoming a new science and math teacher, Amy Schumacher this school year. Schumacher  has been teaching for fifteen years. . .High temperature July 14 was 93. Low temperature July 5 was 53. . .The Fallon County Recreation Department held a Theater Camp for kids entering into 3rd – 8th grade. On July 12 they performed “12 Angry Pigs”  at the Roger Schmidt Amphitheater. . .Baker 12U Majors win Napa Grand Slam Tourament in Miles City on July 15. . .Jesse Hickey, 2016 graduate of Baker High School, was awarded a Spirit of MTI award in Manufacturing & Machining at Mitchell Techical Institute in Mitchell, S.D. Jesse is the son of Juanita Rost and Brett Hickey of Baker. . .Last year Roger and Darin Meggars took to rebuilding a place for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to be given away in the sweepstakes. This plane is on the final wing of its restoration journey. Soon it will leave Baker and will end up in Maryland where it will wait to be gifted to a member of the AOPA. . .Townsend Accounting is moving. Their new location will be 113 South Main Street. Former Bumble Bee Floral building next to the Fallon County Times.   

July 27 — High temperature July 24 was 95. Low temperature July 23 was 51. . .Linda Rost completed a Master’s of Science degree in Science Education from Montana State University on July 6, 2018. . .The 7th Annual Kid’s Fishing Day, hosted by the Sons of the American Legion, that was rescheduled from Father’s Day weekend to July 21 took place despite the high wind and threats of severe storms. The turnout this year was fairly small, with about 35 kids and roughly 75-80 people total. The reason could be due to rescheduling the event as well as not advertising far enough in advance. . .Morgan Rising of Wibaux was seventh overall in the bull riding at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. Morgan is the son of Pete and Carol Rising of Wibaux. . .Riley O’Donnell of Baker plays baseball with the Miles City 15U All Stars. They recently won the state championship for the third time in five years. Riley is the son of Casey and Jodie O’Donnell of Baker.

August 3 — The Baker Public Schools will be welcoming a new elementary school Physical Education teacher. Blake Schwagler of Forsyth, Mont. will be entering into his teaching career. Baker High School’s search for an English teacher has come to an end as they welcome Austin Waldbillig. Waldbillig will be moving from Bozeman to start at BHS this year teaching freshman and junior English. . .Montana State Fund (MSF), the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company present the City of Baker with a certificate of appreciation for 100 years of customer loyalty and commitment to workplace safety on July 25. . .Commissioners Deb Ranum and Roy Rost, along with County Development Advisor Jason Rittal visited Washington, D.C. July 18-20 after receiving an invitation from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The White House event was designed as an effort to develop working relationships between the White House, Sheriffs, County Commissioners, Mayors and State Legislators from the State of Montana. All told, upwards of 60 Montana state and local officials participated. . .The Friends of FMC Foundation 15th Annual “Lights of Life” was held July 29 at the Fallon Medical Complex Hinton Memorial Terrace. This year’s event was dedicated to the Ruth Wang Memorial Garden. High temperature July 31 was 94. Low temperature July 26 was 45.

August 10 — Headline: New route for the Fallon County Fair parade. . .This school year, the Plevna School District will be welcoming a new social studies teacher to their community, Sean DiStefano, a New Jersey man with a love for dogs, will be moving to Plevna to begin his teaching career. . .Roger Meggers was recently nominated for and awarded the Pilot of the Year. This award honors an outstanding pilot that, through the years, has been active in supporting aviation; someone that has been selfless in volunteering and active in the community. . .High temperature Aug. 2 was 98. Low temperature Aug. 5 was 49. . .Jesse Hickey, Baker, received an Associate of Applied Science degree with High Honors in Machining and Manufacturing. . .Baker Minors or 10U team won the Grand Slam Tourney July 14-15.

August 17 — The Baker Public School System will be adding a new member to their teaching team, Kari (Pankratz) Strandbakke. Strandbakke is a Baker native, and will be teaching first grade this year. . .This week, Plevna Public Schools signed a new art teacher, Paige Boyer of Billings, Mont. Boyer will be the new art teacher. . .Last week a water leak was discovered in a main water line. Leak was potentially caused by “water hammering”. The Baker Fire Department also responded after a gas line in the same ditch had been hit while they were repairing the water line. All issues were resolved. . .Tom and Barb Overton celebrate seventy years of marriage on Aug. 21. . . High temperature Aug. 12 was 108. Low temperature Aug. 8 was 52.

August 24 — Headline: Summer comes to a close with the Fallon County Fair. The community came together and supported local food vendors, craft and goods vendors, the rodeo, live entertainment and the carnival. Saturday night, Darryl Worley was to take the stage, but the weather had other plans. Fans tried to wait out the downpour of rain and chilling wind, but it didn’t let up and Worley was unable to perform. . .High temperature Aug. 17 was 94. Low temperature Aug. 20 was 44. . .Baker Resource and Advocacy for Victims of Violence (BRAVV) joined with the Epicenter (Youth Center) to host the Last Chance Summer Bash Aug. 10. The Summer Bash was a huge success with 52+ kids at the event. . .On Aug. 17, 2018, Mid-Rivers Communications mailed capital credit checks of $1,022,500 to its cooperative members and patrons.

August 31 — School is back in session. This year Baker Public Schools have fewer students than they had last year. In K-8 there are a total of 323 students, while last year there were 331 students. As for high schoolers, there are 128 this year, where last year there were 132 students. This leaves Baker public schools enrollment at 451 students, which is down 12 students from the 2017-18 school year. Plevna, on the other hand, is welcoming 19 new students this year, which leaves their total enrollment at 91 students. . .Staff Sgt. Tanner Apple, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, was awarded the Thomas N. Barnes award Aug. 13, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Tanner is the son of Jodie and Casey O’Donnell of Baker. . .On July 28 and 29 the Medicine Rocks church sanctuary celebrated 100 years of existence. High temperature Aug. 24 was 87. Low temperature Aug. 28 was 41.

September 7 — The 2018 “Friends of 4-H” recipients were Don Selle, Alba Higgins and Scott Rabbitt. . .This September will start the second annual Pinochle Tourney Series, put on by the Baker Senior Citizens. . .On Aug. 13, a cement truck caught fire on south Main Street. Baker Fire Department was paged out at 8:05 a.m. to go tend to the flaming truck. The fire was easily contained and put out by a fire extinguisher on the cement truck. That same morning, a flower pot outside of Wells Fargo caught fire from a cigarette butt being put in it. A few Baker residents noticed and were able to put it out with a bucket of water. . .New opportunities for Pleva students. Enrollment is up nearly 20%, which has led them to be able to offer both girls and boys high school basketball, something they haven’t been able to do for several years. . .High temperature Sept. 3 was 90. Low temperature Aug. 29 was 40. . .The Baker High School Band has big plans for the summer of 2019. For the first time in over 25 years, Baker Band students will be going on tour. This six-day trip on a 56 passenger motor coach will be heading to Chicago, Ill. The band performances will take place at Six Flags Great America, John Hancock Plaza and a senior home.

September 14 — President Donald Trump came to Billings to speak at the Metra on Sept. 6. Several Baker residents attended the rally, including Doug and Randi Wenz, who were able to attend with VIP tickets. Kenny Braun had the right connections and was able to get VIP tickets for himself and Louise Varner and Jerrid Geving. . . National Child Passenger Safety week is Sept. 23-29. The Fallon County Health Department will be having a car seat safety check/installation on Sept. 26. . .Picture: Baker Fire Department and local businesses honor the victims and families of 9/11. . .This school year, “Family Night”, the night that most churches have classes for students, is being changed from Thursday to Wednesday evening. . .On Sept. 8 Baker residents gathered at the McClain Park before the Fall Festival to dedicate the Clayton Hornung Memorial Bridge. Darlene Hornung, the wife of Clayton Hornung, and grandson Kordell Bruha, cut the ribbon to the bridge. . .High temperature Sept. 7 was 91. Low temperature Sept. 5 was 37. . .On Sept. 7, the Plevna Band performed at Mount Rushmore. . .Sept. 8, Fall Festival took place at the McClain Park and the FMC parking lot in Baker. This year was the first year that this event has been hosted at that location.

September 21 — On Sept. 18, Baker Fire Department responded to Stanhope Addition house fire. Fire Chief Tom Bruha said that no one was home at the time, and no one was injured as a result of the fire, however the home was severely damaged by fire and smoke. . .Baker auctioneer J. K. Kinsey, of Kinsey Auctioneers & Real Estate LLC, was recently appointed to the National Auctioneers Association’s Advocacy Commitee. . .Terry O. Hardenbrook was sentenced on Aug. 28, 2018 for selling or offering to sell dangerous drugs, specifically marijuana. . .Awanas switching to Wednesday beginning Sept. 26. . .High temperature Sept. 13 was 76. Low temperature Sept. 18 was 40. . .Baker High School SADD and Student Union join forces. . .The Baker High School Music Department has begun fundraising for the 2019 Music Tour. At the annual Fall Festival they had a bake sale and raised about $900. . .Karen Stockett, Plevna 7-12 math teacher, is to be featured in the 29th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show on Oct. 7.

September 28 — Baker’s Linda Rost named 2019 Montana Teach of the Year finalist. . .Last week the Baker High School students elected this year’s homecoming candidates. The Queen Candidates are: Hannah Gonsioroski, Wrenzi Wrzesinski, Courtney Tudor and Madison Moore. The king candidates are Dalton Lecoe, Trevor Lingle, Sean Shelhamer and Colter Peterson. . .The Fallon County Times’ search for a reporter comes to a close with the addition of Darby Martin to the team. Martin recently relocated to Baker from Bozeman. . .High temperature Sept. 22 was 83. Low temperature Sept. 25 was 35. . .BHS science classes help 5th graders build and race veggie cars. . .Kaytlynn Gaub attended the Montana State 4-H Hose Show on Sept. 14-16 at the Heart K Arena in Livingston, Mont. This was her first year attending. She placed 4th in English, 5th in Showmanship and 7th in both barrels and poles. . .In conjunction, with Fall Festival, the Baker Lions Club held a dinner and barn dance at the fairgrounds on Sept. 15. All in attendance enjoyed fried chicken dinner with all the fixings. The hit of the night, was homemade ice cream for dessert. There was a raffle for a .243 rifle, with all proceeds going to the Gray family from Plevna. . .Products of the Prairie Market season comes to a close.

October 5 — On Sept. 29 a one vehicle accident at mile marker 85 on Highway 12 sent one adult and one infant to the hospital. Inattentive driving is believed to be the only cause of the crash. . .Baker Police Department welcomes new officer, Cody Strandbakke to the force. Strandbakke recently relocated from Cut Bank. His wife, Kari teaches first grade at Lincoln Elementary. . .On Oct. 1 Baker High School crowned their homecoming king and queen. Sean Shelhamer was crowned the king and Wrenzi Wrzesinski the queen. . .High temperature Oct. 2 was 74. Low temperature Sept. 28 was 27. . .On Sept. 21, members of the Baker Torchlight Chapter of the National Honor Society cleaned a two-mile section of Highway 12. The collected seven large garbage bags of litter. . .On Sept. 25, the Plevna FFA Chapter traveled to Broadus for Fall Districts.

      



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