August 14 -- Headline: Mayor JoDee Pratt resigns. It took just a few sentences to announce her resignation Tuesday. “I am resigning from the office of mayor. It has been a honor to serve you all. Thank you for your dedication to this wonderful community. This is effective today 8-11-2020,” the note explained. In addition to deciding on Pratt’s full-time replacement as mayor, the council is also looking for a replacement for the Director of Public Works. . .Fallon County Library is a 2020 Census “Be Counted” location. The library staff will be happy to help you navigate the census website to complete the census questionnaire. . .New Teachers: Hillary Frank will be teaching Spanish, history and will also continue a publications program which puts out the yearbook and has stories about school activities published in the Fallon County Times. Amanda Leichtnam is the new English teacher for the eighth, ninth and tenth grades. Cathy Frye will be taking over as the elementary counselor position in Baker. . .High temperature Aug. 11 was 95. Low temperature Aug. 5 was 50. . .On August 7, 2020, Mid-Rivers Communications mailed capital credit checks totaling more than $1,057,000 to its cooperative members and patrons.
August 21 -- Steve Zachmann was sworn into office, as the mayor of the City of Baker, by Kevin Dukart, City Clerk on Aug 18. . .Fallon County now has zero cases of Coronavirus. . .There were about 4,000 people that attended the shows at the Fallon County Fair. Shyla Hadley, fairgrounds manager, reported that is not representative of how many people came out to the fair. Those are the people that were comfortable coming to the shows. The Cowboy Channel broadcast the rodeo live, so people had a chance to stay home and watch it on TV. . .The number of rodeo records set at the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker Aug. 15 - 16 was four! The records broken were for total payout ($211,398), tie-down roping (7.7 seconds), steer wrestling (3.2 seconds) and steer roping (9.2 seconds). . .Mollee Stenberg is a newly minted graduate of Montana State University-Bozeman who will begin her teaching career as the new third grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School. . .High temperature Aug. 18 was 99. Low temperature Aug. 16 was 52.
August 28 -- Local schools have started the new school year, walking a proverbial tightrope between meeting the educational and health needs of the students, the faculty, the staff and the parents. In an age of COVID-19 guidelines established by state and local health officials, students are returning to their campuses in Fallon County. In Plevna, the students have returned and have adapted to the changes made to mitigate the possibility of any exposure. . .There are many sides to Baker’s new driving instructor. Terry Roelfsema had been retired, but decided to head back into the classroom. Roelfsema has signed on to teach woodworking, construction, sheet metal, electrical/electronics, drafting, in addition to his time behind the wheel of a car. . .High temperature Aug. 19 was 97. Low temperature Aug. 24 was 52. . .The Baker Wrestling Club held their Annual Demolition Derby during the Fallon County Fair August 16, 2020. They had 45 entry’s this year overall - High School Cars (10), Derby Cars (14), Trucks (5), Herby Racers (16) from Baker, Glendive, Ismay, Broadus, Plentywood, Sidney, Wibaux, Bowman, Beach, Belfield and Marmarth.
September 4 -- Headline: Zachmann moves into role as mayor. A month ago, Steve Zachmann was a member of the City Council. Now, the Baker resident is adjusting to his new role – the mayor of the City of Baker. The move was prompted when former mayor JoDee Pratt resigned. . .Candidates running for Fallon County Commissioner are: Kevin Braun, Chuck Lee, Sanda Kinsey, Brian O’Connor and Pete Rising. . .High temperature Aug. 29 was 93. Low temperature Aug. 31 was 46. . .For Plevna Superintendent Nick Schumacher, the result Friday afternoon wasn’t nearly as important as being there. Wearing a clear Plexiglas face shield, he was on the court as a volleyball program returned to the small school campus after a 35-year absence.
September 11 -- Headline: Wild weather swings set to slow down in September. August brought us temperatures near 100, wind storms gusting up to 80 miles per hour, rain and hail. The area was already experiencing drought conditions going into the summer, but August was almost a continuing cycle of extreme weather battering the region. . .The City of Baker will soon fill its Ward 1 vacancy on the city council. The vacancy was created when former councilman Steve Zachmann assumed the duties of mayor for the city, replacing former mayor JoDee Pratt. . .Tom Davis and the NGSPA Sharptail Championship Association presented Bo Lingle with a generous $500 donation on Sept. 4 for the Baker Baseball Association. . . High temperature Sept. 5 was 92. Low temperature Sept. 8 was 29. . .Plevna High School was awarded by The Montana High School Association to be one of the winners of its NorthWestern Energy Academic Excellence Awards.
September 18 -- Headline: County Health Department stressing safety during pandemic. Since the pandemic started, there have been only four Fallon County residents that have tested positive. . .Fallon County businesses have been awarded more than $1.3 million in grants under the Montana Coronavirus Relief Fund grant program over the past three months. . .Photo: Remembering 9/11, 19 years later. . .Big Mac’s Pumpkin Patch has been approved to open for fun and adventure for the 2020 season and the pumpkins are growing. . .High temperature Sept. 14 was 86. Low temperature Sept. 9 was 29. . .Baker Public Schools and Plevna School District announced they were approved on September 9, 2020 for the nationwide USDA Summer Food Service Program Waiver to serve FREE breakfast and lunches to all students grades K-12, regardless of Free/Reduced or Paid status. Currently, the waiver is valid through December 31, 2020. . .There may have been less than a dozen people inside the Exhibit Hall at the Fallon County Fairgrounds Tuesday evening for the first session of a series of teleconference discussions on the changing role of rural communities