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Friday, March 12,

2010 --

Denbury Resources, Inc and Encore Acquisition Company jointly announced March 9 they received the requisite stockholder approval to merge Encore with and into Denbury. They plan to use sequestered CO2 by continuing a pipeline from Bell Creek or building a pipeline from North Dakota to recover oil from the Cedar Creek Anticline. . .Several suspects were detained and questioned in the theft of a City of Baker gas card. $2,500 of fuel was stolen using the gas card. A theft of $1,500 or over is considered a felony No charges have been filed at this time. . .Taylyn Dukart placed second in her age group with her bumper sticker “Boot Weeds Out of Montana”. Taylyn is the first Baker student to place in this contest, Ag in Montana Bumper Sticker, which has run for several years.


Thursday, March 17, 2000 --

Spartans are State champions. They won the State Class B Championship for the second time in 30 years and in the school’s history. Derek Miller was the tournament MVP and Ryan Wade and Jace Schillinger made the All-Tournament Team. . .Bronco Days 2000 started the new century with a record number of contestants. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls competed in eight events during three performances. . .Fallon County Community Band and Jazz Band will be performing Mar. 26 in McGonigal Gymnasium. . .Picture: Andy Selle stands next to the horse trailer ordered for him to use this rodeo season by his Baker sponsors. . .District #12 combined school board held a special meeting March 7 to discuss the status of Washington School. The board voted unanimously to close the school at the end of the school year and reduce staff by three positions. Closing the school will save the district approximately $147,000. . . DaimlerChrysler has announced that Randash Motors, Inc. has earned the Five Star designation. . .A new display of artwork at Norwest Bank is the work of high school senior Marcia Kapps, daughter of Otis and Mary Kapps.


Thursday, March 15, 1990 --

Peter Wise, administrator of Fallon Medical Complex, met with the Baker School Board to discuss a proposal for cleaning up the town. He asked that the board consider allowing students to take a Friday off from school to work with community members on the project. . .Six candidates have filed for county election: Justice of the Peace Charles O. Larson, County Assessor Curt Huether, Clerk and Recorder Mary Lee Dietz, Sheriff Leland Gundlach, Commissioner William Duffield and Allen Rustad. . .A total of 2,800 people enjoyed Baker Bronco Days. There was a purse payout of $24,000. . A 50th wedding anniversary open house for Ed and Millie Rieger will be held March 24. . .Lady Spartan volleyball team took second at their divisional tournament March 9-10 at Big Timber. They are now off to state. . .President of Toastmasters this year is Toni Granat. . .Savings up to 40% at Groshans Jewelry for St. Patrick’s Day.


Thursday, March 13, 1980 --

Mrs. John Coldwell celebrates 95th birthday March 15. Molly Welch celebrated her 92nd birthday March 4. . .Several file for school board. Currently serving trustees Everett Knipp and Richard Carlson have filed for terms along with Steve Stanhope, Dennis Afrank, Mike Krieger, Bobby Varner, Beverly Neary and Vic Uttke. . .Wilmer Huber, who has been in business in Plevna with Huber Service since 1971, has sold the business to Lawrence DuBose of Billings. The business was originally in the hands of Karl Hepperle who had a John Deere implement shop and sold Buick and GMC. . .Baker has announced its 1980 Boys State delegates. Delegates will be Mike Brewer, Mark Duneman and Scott Townsend. Alternates are Shane Beckers and Allon Fleckenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Fleckenstein. . .Delane Beach has filed as a Democratic party candidate for District Two Fallon County Commissioner. . .Lee and Della Moline celebrate their golden wedding anniversary March 16.


Thursday, March 12, 1970 --

The B.E.S. Tops celebrated their third anniversary with a banquet at Green Acres with their husbands as guests. Queen for the year was Mrs. Melvin Rabe and Rosemary Mische was runner-up. . .Open house was held for Mr. and Mrs. Karl Hepperle in the First Baptist Church in Plevna for their 60th anniversary celebration. . .Baker is going all out to get their drill team ready for the state tournament in Butte. . .Baker cheerleaders took another first place trophy, their second number one trophy for the year at the divisional tournament in Glendive. . .Ernest Bechtold, Baker, was elected president of the Federal Land Bank Association of Miles City. . .Fallon Post No. 35 of the American Legion Club will hold their 51st birthday party March 14. . .Arrangements have been completed to conduct a bull feeders tour in Fallon County March 19. The tour will begin at Frank Sparks ranch and include the following ranches: Harold Jensen, Ben Bondell Angus Ranch and the Thielen Ranch Company.


Thursday, March 10, 1960 --

Baker Spartans are second place winners in the eastern division tournament. . .Additional funds for the operation and maintenance including curbs and gutters of the Baker High School in a special mill levy election will be held in the Washington School March 11. . .Firemen were unable to rescue Judy Krause, one and one-half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krause, from her burning home. Wesley Hendricks brought the three older children out safely. . .“Ireland in Pictures” was the program given to members of the Baker Women’s Club gathered Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Gerald Martin. Father John Hanrahan, who spent the summer visiting his home country, showed colored slides and described changes that had taken place.


Thursday, March 16, 1950 --

What is becoming a major industry in Fallon County is the gas drilling program underway by the Frank Becker-George Askin combine. Askin has two crews working steadily on the Plevna structure south of Baker. The eighth high producer is now being drilled and all the previous wells have been piped. A four inch pipeline will connect them with the Montana-Dakota main line. . .Lester Mengel arrived Wednesday night from Minneapolis and will be ordained into the ministry Friday evening at the Baptist Church. . .Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Robinson, who will move to Worland, WY, have disposed of their property consisting of three residences and lots in Baker. The house they have been occupying has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Francis LaCross while the other houses were purchased by Mr. and Mrs. John Karch and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Wellenstein.


Thursday, March 14, 1940 --

Don Baker is appointed Scoutmaster, Baker Boy Scouts. He will be assisted by George P. Kuhn and Lawrence Erskine. . .The Bobcat band will give a concert in Baker, Tuesday. James Carey, a Baker boy, will appear as piccolo soloist. . .More snow fell in this area in the last two days than had fallen previously this winter. Consequently all roads except the main highway have been blocked. The snow plow managed to break through to Ollie Monday night.


Thursday, March 13, 1930 --

L. F. Bruggeman was chosen president of the Baker Commercial Club Thursday evening. Others elected were L. E. Baker, H. V. Mathews, L. Price and directors Eph Keirle, L. K. Hills and R. F. Smith. . .Marking the official close of the basketball season, independent basketball teams, both boys and girls, celebrated the affair with a formal banquet at the Grainger Cafe Tuesday night. The banquet was followed by a short period of dancing.


Thursday, March 11, 1920 --

The following received their citizenship papers in court Wednesday: Samuel White of Knobs, John Naujock of Westmore, Henry Emil Elsen of Baker, H. A. Helgeson of Baker and John Schuetzle of Plevna. . .L. W. Busch was in Miles City Monday representing a Fallon County party bidding for the classification of Custer County lands. . .The building formerly occupied by the Flynn barbershop is being remodeled for the Peoples Meat Market. . .Dr. I. W. Vinsel, formerly located in Plevna and who recently purchased the business and hospital of Dr. Thomas, moved his family to Baker the first of the week and is now permanently located. . .Frank Voss, the liveryman of Ekalaka came through in seven hours Tuesday, bringing a load of passengers. He left early Wednesday morning headed for Ekalaka. He says the roads are getting soft and that with a few more days thaw it will be impossible to get through.

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