Continued from last week

October 4 -- Picture: A group of car enthusiasts visited Baker this past weekend and stopped for a tour of the local car museum, Prairie Rose Classics. They were all driving Fords built prior to 1920. The travelers were from all over the country as well as Canada. Arizona, Montana, Colorado and Arkansas were some of the states they represented. . .Picture: 2019 Homecoming King Teight Madler and Queen Katie Wang. . .High temperature Sept. 26 was 71. Low temperature Oct. 1 was 31. . .Private E-2, Tyler M. Dinardi, graduated from United States Army Basic Infantry Training at Hilton Field in Fort Jackson, SC on Sept. 12, 2019. Private Dinardi is the son of Rich and Jessica Batterman of Baker. . .Picture: The first snow landed early on Oct. 1, 2019, making tree branches droop and bringing an end to the gardening season.

October 11 -- Headline: “New”ell ownership at KFLN/KJJM. Jay Newell is the new owner of KFLN/KJJM radio stations. His father, Russ was the previous owner of the former Newell Broadcasting now Newell Media, LLC....The Diagnostic Imaging Department of FMC hosted the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheaon, Oct. 3. The luncheon raised approximately $8,100 to be earmarked for the mammography department to pay for mammography tracking/medical audit software. . .National 4-H Week was Oct. 6-12. 4-H Hay Bale Decorating Contest winners were: 1st place - Country Pals “4-H is Incredible”, 2nd place - Fertile Prairie, 3rd place - Gumbo Gophers. . .The Keystone XL Project pre-construction work in Fallon County has been pushed back until 2020 due to weather. . .High temperature Oct. 8 was 76. Low temperature Oct. 2 was 32.

October 18 -- Headline: Two candidates vie for Baker City Council seat. Brittany Hoversland, a long-time resident of Fallon County, is running for the Ward 2 City Council Seat. Current City Council member, Leigh Ann LaCroix, is running for a second term to serve on the Ward 2 Council Seat. . .On Oct. 12, roughly 450 people came out to the Plevna Community Center to support the fire department for their annual sausage and pancake supper that they have been doing for between 60-70 years. . .High temperature Oct. 14 was 60. Low temperature Oct. 13 was 21. . .The Baker Powderpuff flag football team took on the Miles City team on Oct. 12 in Miles City. Miles City beat the Baker team 12-8. The game was held to raise awareness about breast cancer and domestic violence. . .The Baker Fire Department was at the Lincoln School on Oct. 10, to teach fire safety to kindergarten through second graders.  

October 25 -- Leslie Bohle was awarded the Fallon County Friend of 4-H award on Oct. 13, 2019 at the 4-H Annual Achievement Night. For ten years Leslie has volunteered her time and photography skills to take the market livestock pictures at the fair. . .On Oct. 17 the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture put on the annual Moonlight Madness event, held in downtown Baker. Local Chamber retailers kept their doors open late while Chamber members served a dinner at Thee Garage and Steakhouse Showroom. Chamber members served roughly 160 people... Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation receives grant for motorcyclists. The grant funding will be utilized for the creation of the MonDak Motorcycle Loop. . .High temperature Oct. 16 was 68. Low temperature Oct. 21 was 20. . .This October, Alissa Schell had the amazing opportunity to play alongside the state’s finest young musicians in Montana’s All-State Band.

November 1 -- Fallon County residents will now have another option for their healthcare as Leanne R. Cota (formerly Breihahn) - PA-C, MPH, a former provider at Fallon Medical Complex, begins her own mobile medical house call business. Country Home Medicine is a faith-based family oriented medical company. Country Home Medicine is a veteran owned and operated company. . .The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will turn 100 on Nov. 10, 2019. This milestone celebration comes a few months after The American Legion celebrated its centennial in March. . .High temperature Oct. 25 was 66. Low temperature Oct. 29 was 8. . .The National Honor Society raised $371 for the Vennes Family. . .The historic 1916 Fallon County jail saw 140 evening visitors on Oct. 27 for “Night at the Museum,” where guests were treated to actor portrayals of Fallon County residents from years past.

November 8 -- Headline: Lady Spartans capture 2nd place at District Volleyball. . .City Council Election Ward 2 Unofficial Results: Brittany Hoversland 112, Leigh Ann LaCroix 44, Total Electors Voting 158, Voter Turnout 33%. . . Jerry Losing, a Baker native, enlisted in the National Guard in 1981 after graduating from Baker High School in 1980. Sargent Losing is one of the many veterans in our community that we are able to thank, honor, and regard this coming Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11. . .Despite strong reports from Wall Street and news of low unemployment, families are struggling to get by throughout Fallon County, as well as throughout the country. Local Community Cupboard keeps hunger at bay. . .High temperature Nov. 2 was 43. Low temperature Oct. 30 was 8. . .Oct. 30 students gathered at the Baker schools for Positive Choices, a program that encourages students to make healthy and constructive decisions regarding drugs, alcohol, and relationships. This year’s speaker, 2002 Baker High School graduate Kylan Klauzer, has been a law enforcement officer for the past 14 years.

November 15 -- The most wonderful time of the year is here, and Baker is welcoming it with the Country Christmas Countdown. On Nov. 23 festivities will start off at the McClain Park at 5:30 p.m. with the Lighting of the Holiday lights. . .The BHS Student Council tied for first place in the Make a Wish Competition for the 2019 State Student Council Convention. Baker, along with Poplar and Chinook, each donated $2,000 to the Make a Wish Foundation. . .High temperature Nov. 9 was 56. Low temperature Nov. 11 was -9. . .On Nov. 10 the American Legion Auxiliary celebrated its 100th birthday. The American Auxiliary generally hosts a dinner for Veteran’s Day, since the 100th birthday fell the day before Veteran’s Day, they had a dinner to honor our veterans in conjunction with a birthday party. About 40 people braved the snow and made it down to the Legion. . . After placing second at the District Volleyball tournament held in Colstrip, Baker’s Lady Spartans earned a trip to the Divisional tournament in Columbus. The Spartans represented Baker well, ending with a fourth place finish.   

November 22 -- On Nov. 15, community members gathered at the Fallon County Times office to wish Darlene Hornung a happy retirement after almost 33 years with the Times. . .High temperature Nov. 15 was 56. Low temperature Nov. 19 was 21. . .Carla Rustad wins “Best of Show” for her Mixed Media watercolor picture “Forgotten” at this year’s Badlands Art Association show. She was got “First Place” in the Amateur Division. . .Baker High School teacher Carole Bettenhausen won the Student Council Advisor of the Year for the state of Montana. She was presented the award on Nov. 3 when she and student Zachery Craig, were in Bozeman for the State Student Council Conventions. . .One of the largest fundraising events in Fallon County, Montana had its largest turnout this year, seeing more than the 1,000 people they had seating for. “We didn’t run out of food though,” noted Wendy Wagner. The 16th Annual Stan Wagner Memorial Wild Game Feed took place out at the Fallon County Fairgrounds in the livestock barns on Nov. 16.

November 29 -- Headline: Moore competes in biggest derby of his career. Neil Moore got a call this spring asking if he would be interested in being part of a team for a demolition derby in Las Vegas, NV. His team, named The Sleepers, was made up of Neil, a father and son duo, Jace and Trevor Rogers from Huntley Project, MT and Chantz Ogden from central UT. . . The unanimous denial of a conditional use permit request Monday has proposed developer George Bailey looking for another possibility. He was requesting a conditional use permit to establish a new 14 space recreational vehicle park with an office/washroom facility. . . McClain Park in Baker was lit up with the magic of Christmas on Nov. 23 as the City of Baker held the Lighting of the Park. Residents gathered to get into the spirit of the season, as they wandered the illuminated park and enjoying Christmas music sung by the Community Choir. In between enjoying hot chocolate served by the Boy Scouts and going on a Christmas wagon ride, kids kept entertained by playing in the park. . .High temperature Nov. 24 was 58. Low temperature Nov. 26 was 16. . .On Nov. 24 Xi Alpha Nu, held their annual Holiday Bazaar at Baker High School. This year the bazaar had a total of sixty-two different display tables.

December 6 -- The Christmas season is in full swing in Baker, with the Country Christmas Countdown under way. . .The Fallon County Times has added a new staff member, Brad Mosher. Mosher will be covering general news, features and said he is hoping to improve and expand on the local coverage in Fallon County. . .Thanksgiving storm brings ice and snow. . .SMART involved in numerous projects. One of the current projects that SMART and the Eastern Montana Economic Development Authority (EMEDA) has been working on is childcare availability and early childhood education. . .High temperature Dec. 3 was 43. Low temperature Dec. 1 was 3. . .Dickinson State head football coach Pete Stanton was named the North Star Athletic Association coach of the year for 2019. Stanton is a 1984 Baker High School graduate.

December 13 -- Pictures: Baker Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Christmas Lighting contest winners: 1st Place - Allan & Trish Barth; 2nd Place - Marty & Robin Asay; Third place - three way tie; Bryan & Deb Kary, Jim & Judy Hufford and  Jerry & Bev Schell. . .The first winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, was Chris Montgomery. He received $100 in Baker Bucks. . .The 4-H program in Fallon County got a little boost when the Farmers Union Oil Company presented the 4-H program with $1,942 as part of a dollar for dollar matching program. . .High temperature Dec. 7 was 48. Low temperature Dec. 10 was -10. . .The Fallon County Fair rodeo received two awards for the 2019 rodeo. Jason Coulter received the awards on behalf of the Fallon County Fair Board last week in Las Vegas . .The O’Fallon Community Choir presented their 41st annual Christmas Concert Dec. 8, at the Baker Assembly of God Church. . .At the Fall Athletic Banquet, several honors were awarded to the BHS Volleyball and Football players: Volleyball: Assists - Macee Hadley (552), Kills -  Katie Wang (198), Aces - Sady Harbaugh, Shelby Moore (49), Blocks - Katie Wang (85), Digs - Halee Burdick (324), Most Inspirational - Macee Hadley, Most Improved - Sady Harbaugh, Most Valuable - Macee Hadley, Captains - Katie Wang, Halle Burdick, Shelby Moore and Macee Hadley, All-State 1st Team - Macee Hadley, All-Conference 1st Team - Katie Wang, All-Conference 2nd Team - Halle Burdick, Peyton Janeway. Football: Offensive Player - Riley O’Donnell, Defensive Player - O’Connell Qualley, Most Improved - Logan Graham, Most Inspirational - Riley O’Donnell, Steve McClain Memorial - O’Connell Qualley, Zeke Lund Memorial - Riley O’Donnell, Captains - Riley O’Donnell, Teight Madler, All State - Riley O’Donnell, All Conference - Riley O’Donnell, QB 1st Team / Defensive Back 1st Team Teight Madler Tight End 2nd Team O’Connell Qualley Offensive Line 1st Team / Defensive Line 2nd Team Jacob Wang Offensive Line 2nd Team.

December 20 -- Illegal dumping is causing thousands of dollars in damage to the City of Baker sewer system, according to a release from the Fallon County Environmental Health Department. A complaint has been filed with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality over used motor oil being dumped into the city’s sewer system. The City of Baker requested testing, with the results showing used motor oil has been put into the sewer system. . . Santa had his hands full Dec. 11 when he stopped by the Baker Fire Hall. There were about 75 to 90 kids that came in to visit Santa. . .The second winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, was Deb Barth. She received $100 in Baker Bucks. . .High temperature Dec. 17 was 37. Low temperature Dec. 11 was 3. . .Plevna and Baker choirs sang for the Bank of Baker Open House Dec. 11.

December 27 -- Patsy Schopp will be retiring from the Bank of Baker on Dec. 31. after more than forty years. There was an Open House retirement party at the bank on Dec. 19 for Patsy and Leonard Leland. . .The Knights of Columbus to recognize local women veterans at Americanism Program on Jan. 28. .The third winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, was Laurie MacKay of Baker. She received $100 in Baker Bucks. . .Christmas Coloring Contest Winners were: Mesa Varner - age 3; Kloe Ehret - age 7; and Ashlee Burdick - age 8. . .High temperature Dec. 21 was 50. Low temperature Dec. 20 was 9.

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