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10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, February 18, 2011 --

Governor’s Bill, HR 136, - school funding - had tempers running hot this past week in the Legislature. This bill proposes to take away 90 percent of the oil and gas funds from eastern Montana. . .Fallon County Times will be adding a new weekly feature called Community Achievers. They will spotlight the community by announcing achievements by individuals, groups, organizations, etc. . .Winners of the Fallon County Times Valentine Love Song Scramble were Shirley Barth and Dianne Shumaker. Each winner received $20 in “Love Bucks”. . .Five Baker High School students accepted the challenge to compete in the National Forensics Qualifying Tournament Feb. 10-11 in Bozeman. Those competing were Mikenna O’Donnell, Chelsea Kramlick, Tessa Kilsdonk, Darby Bettenhausen and Marriah Rost. . .Baker basketball teams are at District Tournaments in Colstrip Feb. 16-19. . .Wanda Pinnow is president-elect of the Montana Cattlewomen for 2011.

20 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 16, 2001 --

Ella Hitchcock of Baker recently retired from the board of Eastern Montana Mental Health Center. She served on the board for 25 years. She was presented with an appreciation plaque. . .Winners of the “Sweetheart Gift Certificate Contest” were Gwen Setinc and Brenda Hansen. Each received a $20 gift certificate. . .Boyd and Susan Plummer were honored at the 2001 Divisional Wrestling Tournament held in Baker Feb. 3. Former wrestling coach Bob Curry presented them with an engraved plaque and a $25 gift certificate for dinner. They have given 26 years of dedication to the Spartan wrestling program. . .A variety show will be held Feb. 18 in the Baker High School gym as a benefit for TLC Daycare. . .Area firefighters are recognized in this issue of the Fallon County Times. . .Braden Duffield placed fourth in the 112 lb. class in the state wrestling tournament and Kylan Klauzer placed third in the 189 lb. class. . .This year for the first time, NewWest Livestock is offering a preview horse sale Mar. 9. . .Fifth grade class in Plevna recently submitted entries for the annual Bumper Sticker Contest to the County Superintendent for judging on the local county level. The entry selected by Marlene Ferrel, County Superintendent, was completed by Kyla Sieler, daughter of Steve and Sue Sieler. Kyla’s entry will now be judged on the state level. . .Low temperature Feb. 8 was -22 degrees.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 14, 1991 --

Baker Winter Series Team Ropings have finished for the season. This year’s winners were Pat O’Donnell - top header and Derrick Fleming - top heeler. . .Feb. 10 the community Christmas tree on Main Street was chopped down. . .Paul Neiman, 34, of Willard will be the Montana Jaycees’ representative to the United States National Outstanding Young Farmer Awards Congress Feb. 14-17 in Bismarck. . .Art and Frances Tronstad celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary Feb. 4. . . Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture recognized owners of new businesses in the community. Owners of six of the nine new businesses were present to receive their awards: Connie Lang - Creative Stitches; John and DeeDee Geving - Universal Tire and Alignment; Sharon Rustad - Gramma Sharon’s; Gordon Rustad - Rustad Feed; Debi Schillinger - Jazzercise; and Cindy Steen - Touch of Class Music and Dance Studio. Jim Schaefer was installed as president of the Chamber. . .Plevna Cougars are off to the Class C basketball tournament in Miles City, Feb. 13-16. Mark Anderson is their coach.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 12, 1981 --

Baker Spartan wrestlers finished the season by placing l3th at the state meet held in Butte this past weekend. Three wrestlers qualified for the state meet - Shane Beckers, Dan Engesser and Allon Fleckenstein. Allon capped a very successful high school career by winning the state championship at 167 pounds. . .Pictured are the king and queen at the Fallon Memorial Nursing Home for Valentine’s Day. They are Ruby Morton and Lester McCord. . .Future Homemakers honored. Pictured are officers for Baker FHA and include Starla Householder, Shelly Barefoot, Anita Bowland, Jill Brockel and Brenda Schueler. Plevna FHA officers pictured are Meg Hanley, Cindy Straub, Jo Neumann, Cindy DuCharme, Maureen Wyrick, Penny Sparks and Pam Fried. . .Six tables of whist were played at Chimney Creek Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tronstad receiving highs, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Blair lows and John Beach won the door prize. . .Five new members were elected at the annual meeting of the American Lutheran Church. They are Owen Stieg, Wally Meidinger, Mike Griffith, Rodger Myhre and Nikki Nichols.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 18, 1971 --

Patricia Travis is named Plevna High School’s Homemaker of Tomorrow. . .Thomas Sparks and Jeffrey Deitchler are Plevna Boys’ State delegate and alternate. . .Paul Myhre injured when a .38 revolver accidentally discharged. A friend was taking the pistol out of a holster when the accident occurred. . .Robert Corbitt elected moderator of the Baker Community Church. . .Nine minute long-distance phone call advertised for $1.90. . .Mrs. Ed Barber and Mrs. Sam Weeks visit regular meeting of Baker Woman’s Club. . .Mr. and Mrs. Pat Plummer have returned from Mandan, ND, after attending the Heart Valley Bull Testing Station annual tour and banquet. . .Stanhope Addition considers annexation but first must consider water and sewer problems. . .Final standings show Baker in second place in Class B district one basketball play.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 16, 1961 --

A fire call was answered by the Baker Volunteer Fire Department on Feb. 9 at the Baker Cement Plant. The fire occurred when Mr. Kreager was welding on a truck which carries Readi-Mix and the motor which operates the mixer caught on fire. . .According to figures available it looks as if there were not enough protestants to stop the creation of Improvement District No. 23 which will involve the paving of Baker, streets. Approximately 20% of the property owners protested up to the deadline which was Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Some, protestants withdrew.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 15, 1951 --

Mrs. Fred Korneychuk was killed instantly and the Hartse family injured in a head-on collision northwest of Baker Sunday afternoon. . .The Gib Ziediers, M. L. Russells, Ed Flasteds, Sam Barkleys and Sten Wimans, all of Baker attend the Montana picnic held at Mesa, AZ. . .Matt Thielen of Plevna was taken to the hospital following a fall from a haystack. He was reported seriously hurt. . .The Veterans school of Plevna is remodeling the school house barn into a workshop. . .Friday the Plevna high school honored the Boy Scouts at an assembly. The Scouts under the leadership of Senior Patrol Leader Kenneth Winkley presented a program.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 13, 1941 --

Harold Pratt, who recently joined Baker business circles when he acquired the former Spurgin’s Cafe, announces that he will have a bowling alley in operation by the middle of next week. . .Ora Blanchard and Bill Holmes underwent major surgery in Miles City last week. . .District 4 Class B sub-district tournament takes place at the high school gym Feb. 14-15. Baker, Ollie, Mildred and Carter County will play. . .Jim Kochel and R. K. Munsell left last weekend for Chicago with several loads of cattle.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 12, 1931 --

Discussion by Superintendent A. O. Gullidge of the proposed new gymnasium building was the highlight of the Commercial Club meeting held Thursday at the Hotel Baker. He emphasized the need of the gymnasium an addition which would probably include several class rooms to take care of the growing need in the high school. It was also stated that it was a good time to build inasmuch as labor and material were lower than they have been for some time. . .In observance of the first anniversary of Scouting a Father-Son banquet was held, at which Superintendent C. W. Grandy of Terry was the principal speaker. Over 300 were in attendance. . .By a margin of 51 games the Baker whist club dealt defeat to their Ekalaka guests Saturday evening when 50 card sharks invaded the city for a friendly inter city match. . .“Are You a Mason” is the title of the three-act play which the junior class will present next Friday and Saturday.

100 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 17, 1921 --

Fallon County was favored with a blizzard Wednesday which made it impossible for children to attend school. . .The Swanson Bros, bought the Haddock lands that were offered for sale by the sheriff at the courthouse Tuesday. The tract was around 1,400 acres and sold for $5,600 with all improvements. . .A course on Farm Law including the study of contracts, fences and roads the farmer and the bank, mortgages, sales, taxation, law  of livestock industry, chattel mortgages, real estate law, is being offered twice weekly by C. J. Dousman.

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