Year in Review

October 12 — Headline: Justice of the Peace election candidates. Only one local race is contested; the Justice of the Peace. The two candidates are City Judge Anna Straub and Justice of the Peace Judge Nicole Benefiel. . .Baker residents have enjoyed the Calcutta, hosted by the Baker Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, for many years, but this year will be different. Recently the gambling laws in Montana have changed, and the Calcutta had to be canceled. . .The Baker Lake project nears completion as the snowy days of winter creep ever closer. The process of draining the upper lake is set to begin on Oct. 15, but will take roughly 30 days to complete. . .High temperature Oct. 6 was 56. Low temperature Oct. 4 was 21. . .90th Birthday Celebration for Yvonne Bagley was held Oct. 14. . .On Oct. 4 The Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon took place. The event brought in roughly $7,900. . .On Oct. 6 the annual Plevna Volunteer Fire Department pancake and sausage supper was held. They had about 500 people in attendance this year. . .Linda Rost visits leaders in Washington to promote Science Education. . .

October 19 — Headline: Bareback to bullfighting: The adventures of Sylvan LaCross. Baker born Sylvan knew from a young age that he had a passion for rodeo. Through hard work and determination, Sylvan has been able to create a career out of bullfighting. . .On Oct. 15 the gates from the upper lake were opened four inches to allow water to flow from the upper lake, through the channel to the lower lake. Draining of the upper lake will take roughly 30 days. . .High temperature Oct. 16 was 59. Low temperature Oct. 11 was 17.

October 26 — Halloween Reminders: Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make trick-or-treating an event safe for all children, regardless of food allergies or other dietary restrictions. . .The Fallon County Commission is seeking public input on what types of fish should be re-stocked into Baker Lake beginning in 2019. . .Picture: The Baker Fire Department was at the Lakeview Shopping Center participating in Meet Your Fire Department Day. . .Picture: The Moonlight Madness Customer Appreciation Supper at Thee Garage saw a slight decrease in attendance this year, all in attendance enjoyed great food and good conversation. . .High temperature Oct. 18 was 69. Low temperature Oct. 20 was 23. . .On Oct. 16, Miss Montana 2018, Laura Haller, visited Plevna to share her platform with the students. . .The Baker Fire Department was dispatched to a Denbury oil treater fire on Monday morning around 8 a.m. The fire, which was southeast of the landfill off of Coral Creek Road, caused damage to the treater, but was quickly contained.

November 2 — Headline: Lady Spartans capture 2nd place at District Volleyball. . .Picture: The new Runnings Store east of town on Highway 12 is on schedule as of this week. They are planning on moving into the new building in March of 2019. . .With the change of seasons, cold and flu season is rapidly approaching again this year. As always, it is important to vaccinate yourself for the flu. . .No Shave November. . . High temperature Oct. 24 was 68. Low temperature Oct. 28 was 21. . .Picture: The Fallon County Library now has a Book Drop outside their building.

November 9 — Fallon County General Election unofficial results: County Commissioner District III, Steve Baldwin – 890; County Clerk and Recorder/Superintendent of Schools, Brenda J. Wood – 1,131; Sheriff/Coroner, Trenton Harbaugh – 1,211; County Attorney, Darcy L. Wassman – 1,072; County Treasurer/Assessor, Barbara E. Ketterling – 1,081; Justice of the Peace, Nichole M. Benefiel – 293, Anna K. Straub – 975. . .Headline: Veterans Day: a day to honor and remember. . .High temperature Oct. 31 was 52. Low temperature Nov. 11 was 11. . .On Oct. 18, the National Honor Society (NHS) held a cake raffle in conjunction with the “Pack the Gym in Pink” volleyball night. They were able to raise $195.50 and all proceeds were donated to Wanda Pinnow to help her in her fight against breast cancer. . .Jessica Paul and Mr. Issacs, adviser, went to Indianapolis, Ind. for the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo.

November 16 — Headline: Gridiron dreams nearing an end. Three graduates of Baker High School have been able to make their dreams of playing college football a reality; but that chapter will soon be closing as they approach the end of their final seasons. Jeff Fisher, son of Jennifer Fisher, Jordan Walker, son of Rod and Tracey Walker, and Mason Melby, son of Jade and Shelly Melby are all nearing the end of their college football careers, as they enter NAIA playoff games this weekend. . .United States District Judge Brian Morris ordered a new environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 8, effectively halting all TransCanada activity throughout the Midwestern United States, inclusive of work around Baker. This includes the construction of work camps. . .Donald Wood and his trucking company, Woody’s Trucking LLC, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings on Nov. 9. Wood and his company were convicted on 13 of 14 felony counts resulting from the 2012 explosion at Custom Carbon Processing in Wibaux. . .Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Courtney Stanhope, a 2005 Plevna High School graduate and Baker, Mont. native  is serving in the U.S. Navy at the Submarine Forces Headquarters in Norfolk, Va. . . High temperature Nov. 13 was 45. Low temperature Nov. 9 was -9.

November 23 — Headline: 15th Annual Wild Game Feed deemed a success. Although unsure of the number of attendance this year, Wendy Wagner says that despite the snowstorm and basketball  tournament, a record number of community members attended the event. Large prize winners this year included Bruce Gjorven, winner of the Colorado antelope hunt, Gene Dodge, winner of the New Zealand red stag hunt, Shanya Larsen, winner of the reverse raffle, Kalyn Bohle, winner of the three gun raffle, and Pam Nelson, winner of the four gun raffle. . . If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community this holiday season, the Recreation Department will be sponsoring Christmas Wishes again this year, for the 15th season. . . Xi Alpha Nu hosted their annual Christmas Bazaar in the McGonigal Gymnasium at Baker High School on Nov. 18. The gym was buzzing, the parking lots were full, and the slightly snowy weather truly set the mood for Christmas shopping. . . High temperature Nov. 14 was 53. Low temperature Nov. 17 was 10. . .The United Blood Drive (which is now VITALANT) held their blood drive on Nov. 14 and was very successful with 40 units of blood given.

November 30 — Trevor Lingle and Riley O’Donnell were chosen for 2018 District 3B All-Conference football for the second team. Wrenzi Wrzesinski and Katie Wang were selected to the 2018 3B All-Conference volleyball first team, with Wrenzi also selected for all-state. Macee Hadley and Andie Batchelor were selected for the second team. . .Baker is no exception to the holiday bustle and fortunately we have a community that has a lot of events filled with the spirit of the season. . .Winners of the Fallon County Times Holiday Scrambler contest were Patti Brookes, Ruby Bruce, Marilyn Gawryluk, Sue Sieler, Mel Bertsch, Lynne Miller, Robert Boggs, Teresa Waller, Penny Sparks and Ramona Fried. . .High temperature Nov. 21 was 58. Low temperature Nov. 24 was 22. . .Jessica Paul qualified to move on to the next round of the Coca Cola Scholarship Competition. The Coca Cola Scholarship is distributed to five different students, each receiving $20,000.

December 7 — The O’Fallon Community Choir presented their 40th annual Christmas Concert Dec. 2 at the Lakeview Baptist Church under the direction of Debbie Jo Varner with Libby Solberg as the accompanist. . . The first winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, was JoAnn Parini of Baker. She received $100 in Baker Bucks. . .Picture: Last week there was plenty of bustle happening at the new Runnings as they put in new shelves. They anticipate being open by early next year. . .On Dec. 3, students across Montana, including both Baker and Plevna schools participated in not only a nation-wide, but a global event called the “Hour of Code”. . .EMEDA working to address childcare needs in Baker. . .High temperature Nov. 28 was 53. Low temperature Dec. 2 was 19. . .MacLeod Hageman, graduate of Baker High School in 2004, recently earned an Emmy for Newscast of the Year along with his team in Waterloo, Iowa. . .On Dec. 1 Friends of FMC Foundation held their 60th annual Fantasy Food Fair in Baker. They had 100 guests that enjoyed a catered five course meal. . .Rescue training was held at the Baker Fire Department on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. . .Baker High School’s Business Professionals of America chapter again hosted the Montana Region 7 Leadership Conference on Dec. 3.

December 14 — Winners of the Baker Chamber Light Decorating Contest were 1st place: Lee and Teena Strait; 2nd place: Jason and Lisa Dulin; 3rd place: Chad and Mandi Varner. . .On Dec. 6, the community of Baker gathered together to enjoy Christmas tradition. The annual Christmas Stroll, put on by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture started the evening off. Santa was at the Baker Fire Department to listen to Christmas wishes, hand out goodies and get pictures taken with the kids. The chili feed at the Thee Garage Steakhouse put on by the Friends of FMC Foundation served approximately 155 people. After the Christmas Stroll, the community gathered together at the McClain Park for a new Christmas tradition, the lighting of the community Christmas tree. . .The second winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, was Sandee Russell of Baker. She received $100 in Baker Bucks. . .Picture: Mayor JoDee Pratt swears in new Baker Police Officers Daylon Richard and Dustin Bachelor. . .High temperature Dec. 10 was 41. Low temperature Dec. 7 was 0.

December 21 — Baker welcomes new police officer. Daylon Richard, a Montana-native, was sworn in on Dec. 12. In January, Officer Richard will be going to Helena for three months to the Police Academy. . .The third winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, was Liz Roeder of Baker. She received $100 in Baker Bucks. . .Mrs. Spencer, Plevna School, recently won Continental Resoursed – Funding the Future Grant for $5,000. Mrs. Spencer’s vision or goal is to buy 5-6 tablets per classroom for reading novel studies, ect. . .Picture: Fallon County officials sworn in. Those sworn into office included: Barbara Ketterling, Treasurer/Assessor; Steve Baldwin, County Commissioner; Anna Straub, Justice of the Peace; Darcy Pankratz, County Attorney, Trenton Harbaugh, Sheriff/Coroner. Not pictured: Brenda Wood, Clerk and Recorder/Supt. of Schools. . .Fallon County Times Christmas coloring contest winners: Elle Hould – age 4; Sarina Waterland – age 5; Pyper Mettler – age 8. . .High temperature Dec. 17 was 58. Low temperature Dec. 16 was 16. . .A fire at Mainstreet Market in Ekalaka caused significant damage to the Ekalaka building on Dec. 17. Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby businesses including the Guest House and Wagon Wheel. Mainstreet Market is closed indefinitely. . .Picture: A local Carter County rancher was surprised by a mountain lion in the barn. Photo by Barney Dean.


Carol Lloyd Howe, 71, Dec. 21

Dick Malcom, 72, Dec. 29

Glen “Ping” Askin, 85, Dec. 30

Mae Bohle, 89, Jan. 1

Harvey Reetz, 66, Jan. 9

T. Boyne Gundlach, 87, Jan. 11

Donnetta Schaefer, 81, Jan. 11

Roger Singer, 74, Jan. 15

Arlene Heim, 78, Jan. 22

Dorothy Remillard, 85, Jan. 23

Chad Tronstad, 39, Feb. 1

Dorothy J. Christianson, 90, Feb. 1

Elsie Berniece Walker-Scholten, 99, Feb. 1

Bruce Leonard Domer, 86, Feb. 9

Doris Hinman, 89, Feb. 10

Anna R. Messmer, 95, Feb. 18

Betty Allerdings, 68, March 1

“Katy” Lue Reeves, 88, March 5

Alvin Dexter, 68, March 13

Ralph Rising, 83, March 25

Vernon Emery, 80, March 29

David Hall, 66, April 3

Harold Seeley, 92, April 3

Ernest “Ernie” Tooke, 81, April 3

Zetta Palen, 91, April 5

Goldie Sparks, 95, April 7

Sharon Lynne (Anderson) Myers, 78, April 7

Dannie Pat Harrison, 59, April 7

Kent Flatness, 67, April 14

Donna B. Freimark, 90, April 24

Darryl Gatzke, 82, April 24

Virginia Faye (Neary) Comeau, 84, April 29

Lois Porter Erickson, 80, May 4

Braelie Mae Nies, infant, May 8

Cheryl Ann (Fleming) Noftsker, 60, May 13

Herbert Uecker, 66, May 15

Donnie Harpster, 75, June 3

Darlene Hepperle, 84, June 11

Juanita Mae Wyrick, 80, June 18

Christine Louise (Nelson) Johnson, 68, June 20

Ralph John Hartse, 94, June 22

Bonita “Bonnie” Ruth (Ballentine) George, 87, June 23

Myrtle A. Stanhope, 82, July 2

Glen Thomas Rugg, 94, July 2

Sharon Teigen, 72, July 5

Wayne L. Hanson, 63, July 13

Gordon Rustad, 78, July 14

Georgianna Proulx Obrigewitsch, 64, July 16

Kenny Heinrich, 80, July 19

Bertha Sandmeier, 91, Aug. 9

Ralph “Buck” Shepherd, 92, Aug. 10

Bernard Fredrick Riley, 84, Aug. 11

Patricia Birdwell, 85, Aug. 13

Christine “Tina” Dawn Engesser, 63, Aug. 14

Roberta Elmore, 81, Aug. 15

Dawson Wayne Bunch, infant, Aug. 18

Diana L. (Smith) Gill, 80, Aug. 18

Ramona Davis, 72, Aug. 18

Helen Oberlander, 85, Sept. 7

Dorothy Fay Wyrick Beckers, 76, Sept. 9

Don Martin, 86, Sept. 15.

Darline Ketterling, 84, Sept. 21

Greg Caldwell, 54, Sept. 21

Tammy Moore, 60, Sept. 24

Beverly J. Anderson, 76, Oct. 1

Jerry Maurice, 76, Oct. 6

Patty Jane Holliday, 58, Oct. 14

Wesley W. Madsen, 81, Oct. 20

Marguerite Fisher, 89, Oct. 29

Don Dietz, 64, Oct. 30

Randall “Randy” Pool, 69, Nov. 7

Merle J. Clark, 80, Nov. 13

Tanna Kellogg, 75, Nov. 14

Russell Lyle Culver, 92, Dec. 2


Madisyn Elaine James, daughter of Dillon and Kadri James, July 28, 2017.

Gunner Allan Bretzel, son of Brayden and Patricia Bretzel, Jan. 29, 2018.

Kamlyn Lanae Kono, daughter of Lance and Katlyn Kono, March 10, 2018.

Kaleb Joseph Quale, son of Kasi and Tyler Quale, July 4, 2018.

Jack Oliver Veroye, son of Mark and Kayla Veroye, Aug. 8.

Emberly Danielle Thilmony, daughter of Justin and Loni Thilmony, Sept. 19.

Leona Rose Berger, daughter of Cameron and Angela Berger, Oct. 23.