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10 YEARS AGO

Friday, March 5,

2010 --

U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced significant funding to create new jobs in Fallon County by replacing septic systems in the North Baker Water & Sewer District and upgrading water service to the District. An $800,000 grant has been received by the District to do the upgrades. . .Seven new wind turbines are currently being constructed at the Diamond Willow Wind Farm east of Baker in addition to the 13 completed in 2008. . .Fallon County Commissioners have announced plans to move forward on rebuilding the grandstands located at the Fallon County Fairgrounds. The current grandstand was built in 1925. . .Igloo Days Rodeo was a success - 350-400 people attended the event held Feb. 27. . .Residents of Fallon Medical Complex Long Term Care Center and residents of Park View Complex have been enjoying music entertainment by Robert Boggs and Alvin Madler once a month for the past year. . .Baker and Plevna students will be at the Academics in Miles City March 9-10.

20 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 10, 2000 --

Sorority queens chosen for the Valentine Ball 2000 were: Preceptor Psi - Robin Menger, Beta Pi - Christy Mavity and Xi Alpha Nu - Deanna Hayden. . .Baker Spartans win divisional basketball tournament in Belgrade. They now travel to Great Fall for the state tournament. Their first game is against Shelby March 9. . .Kourtney Hanley placed first in her age bracket in the District Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition held in Miles City March 5. Her results will now be forwarded to the regional and state levels. . .Plevna junior class presents “The Phantom Strikes Again” March 17. . .Plevna Cougar cheerleaders Amanda Woolston, Shanna Medearis, Mandi Alberts, Rachel Brockel and LaVonne Nemitz received the best cheerleading award at the district 4-C boys basketball tournament. . .Seats open for filing tor the June 6 election are Don Rieger’s seat as Fallon County Commissioner and Jeraldine Newell’s seat as Clerk of District Court. . .Rusty Knuths was the recipient of the 1999 YRA All-Around Saddle. He won the honor by competing and placing in break away roping, team roping, goat tying and flag race throughout the year.

30 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 8,

1990 --

Hospital Helpers Auxiliary has lined up another informative and interesting health fair for the citizens of Fallon County. It will be held March 14. . .The indoor arena at the Fallon County Fairgrounds will be bursting with action this weekend as the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture presents the 1990 Bronco Days. Five hundred cowboys have signed up to appear at the annual event. . .The world famous Harlem Crowns are coming to town to play in the Baker High School gym March 14. . .A group of people who formerly lived in the Lame Jones-Milk Creek area south of Plevna met Sunday afternoon to organize a Lame Jones-Milk Creek reunion. The reunion is scheduled for July 8, 1990. Anyone interested in attending should contact Dwight Loutzenhiser. . .Fallon County Republican Central Committee will celebrate their Lincoln Day Dinner March 15 at the American Legion dining room. Governor Stan Stephens will be the speaker and Ron Marlenee will be an honored guest. . .High temperature March 3 was 60 degrees.

40 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 6,

1980 --

Baker Indoor Roping Club has started league steer roping Friday evenings and competitive jackpot roping Sundays at the Livestock Pavilion at the fairgrounds. . .March 1 the championship round of the Baker independent basketball tournament held here saw the American Legion team come from behind to defeat Ekalaka 86-80. Team members included Dale Boggs, Pete Herbst, Art DeGrand, Steve Herbst, Ronnie Celander, Ronnie Callen, Vic Callen, Jim Walker and Duane Bohle. . .Baker Lions Club - Harvey Tinnes, Gordon Olson and Fred Williams - presented American flags to all first grade students in Fallon County. This project is in its second year. . .Colleen Peck, who has been Clerk of Court in Fallon County for 28 years, officially retired March 1. . .D & P Insurance welcomes Dale Boggs as a new addition to their sales staff.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 5,

1970 --

Baker favored to win regional tournament. . .Plevna cheerleaders Mary Thielen, Eileen Buerkle, Rita Wiseman and Bonnie Hecker took first place in the Class C district tournament in Miles City. . .Troop 253 held their annual winter camp-out at Green Acres park last weekend with Scoutmaster Rudy Rudolph. . .Twenty-nine Montanans, including Gene Hoff of Baker, inspected a variety of elevator installations at the Seattle-Portland grain shipping docksides and visited with U.S. and Japanese buyers of Montana wheat. . .Walt Kreager and Roy Bettenhausen have been appointed by Mayor Ervin Keirle to the City-County Planning Board. . .Larry and Ruth Moore with children JoAnn and Paul are newcomers to Baker. . .Myron Saylor, SCS District Conservationist, received a certificate of merit for his office’s participation in an all-around informational program on newspaper articles, radio talks, conduction of meetings and working with schools.

60 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 3,

1960 --

Baker Spartans place second in the Class B Divisional Tournament. . .Members of the Lone Girl Scouts Troop of Baker will be among the nearly three and a half million Girl Scouts celebrating their 48th anniversary this week. . .Mr. and Mrs. Lester Paulson this week take over the management of the Kit Kat Klub located on the point on Baker Lake just off Highway 7. . .Open house honors Karl Hepperles on their golden wedding anniversary Feb. 27. . .Mrs. Harry West celebrated her 19th birthday Feb. 29, in spite of her 76 years. . . Jaycees with the help of the Jaycee Jaynes staged a welcome home for Baker Spartans Sunday. . .Baker Farmers Union Local held a potluck supper at the Legion Hall Feb. 27. Vice president Mrs. Pat Plummer chaired the meeting. . .The weather is cold and stormy.

70 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 9,

1950 --

Come to the polls April 1 to do your share in helping Fallon County get a new vocational agricultural shop. There are 16 school districts eligible to vote for the project. . .The most critical and serious health problem in Fallon County today is the lack of hospital facilities, as the Baker Hospital closed its doors today. The nearest hospital is 80 miles away. . .L. M. Corbitt was hired water commissioner at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. He replaces R. G. Smith. . .Merlin D. Stanhope and Frances A. Visborg have reported to Lackland AFB for training. . .The new Plevna Community Club will meet Wednesday. A potluck dinner is scheduled. . .Mrs. William Holmes, Mrs. Ethel Hall, Mrs. Art Kuehn and Mrs. Lloyd Owen left Wednesday for a trip to the western part of the state.

80 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 7,

1940 --

The junior high school tournament held in Baker March 2 brought together a group of real sportsmen. Baker lost the opener to Ollie 14-13. In the second game of the morning, Plevna defeated Ekalaka 16-21. Baker won the consolation honors by defeating Ekalaka 28-10. Plevna won the championship. . .Lloyd Owen made two trips in the ambulance to Miles City to take patients to the Holy Rosary Hospital. . .The County Commissioners are in regular session and report they are doing a record breaking land leasing and land sale at this time. . .County Treasurer’s office reports that the amount of delinquent taxes paid in Fallon County during January and February this year is $14,500 against the sum of $772.87 paid in the same months last year.

90 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 6,

1930 --

Two of the world’s largest steers are offered for sale by Jack Guth, northeast of Baker, on March 21. . .Elwood House, Baker wrestler, appeared on the Marmarth card, scheduled for the bout Friday evening. . .An operetta was given at the Community Hall by grade school students under the direction of Miss Fern Carrick. . .Five commodious office suites have been completed on the second floor of the Bank of Baker, this was formerly the Masonic Hall.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 4,

1920 --

County Nurse’s report from Jan. 15 to March 1 revealed that 23 school cases are in the hands of the Baker dentist, 204 defective teeth were discovered upon examination in the nine schools visited by her. 305 pupils were examined. . .The $90,000 special relief money has arrived from the Minnesota Loan and Trust Co., this amount of bonds was exchanged for the outstanding warrants (a portion of them). This runs our bonded debt to $606,000 which is not bad considering that we have only existed as a county a little over six years. . .A full line of spring millinery and monogram pattern hats is being shown by Mrs. Moshier at McConnells. . .“A Lion Among Ladies” was shown at the Lake Theatre Wednesday evening. . .Montana ranks fourth in the nation in number of automobiles per capita.

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