Year in Review

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at 2019

May 10 -- Headline: Baker Spartan Boys’ Golf team wins Divisionals.  Individually, Konner Flint finished 1st, Ashton Afrank 5th, Trent Collins 9th, Jaxson Tronstad and Riley Schulz tied for 12th. Hope Craft finished 12th. . .Dustin Rost will be traveling to Fort Lauderdale, FL, for a summer internship with a Finnish based company, Wartzila. Wartzilas work on cruise ships, submarine ships, and any marine based diesel application. . .Unofficial Health Facility Levy Results: For the additional levy - 487; Against the additional levy - 327; Total Electors Voting - 814. . .Plevna School Board Election unofficial results for Two trustees for three year term: Total Electors Voting - 176; Jason Oberlander - 73; Teresa Rieger - 102; Janet Stickney - 125. . .Baker High School Senior, Lillianna Hanson, has been selected as a finalist at the National Stockholm Junior Water prize competition. . .On April 13, at the 107th annual Montana Library Association conference in Helena the Fallon County Library received the 2019 Excellent Library Service Award from the Montana State Library Commission. . .High temperature May 2 was 61. Low temperature May 2 was 26.

May 17 -- The Baker Spartan Tennis Team won first place at the Divisional Tournament held in Glendive on May 9-10. . .On May 11 an open house was held for Marvin Schopp at the Baker Fire Station. Marvin is the first person on the Baker Fire Department that has ever been on for fifty years. . .May 14, Lt. Governor Mike Cooney presented the schools of Plevna with a SMART Schools Banner, certificate from the Governor’s office and a check for $1,000. . .Congratulations to Kaeden Oberlander for winning the Montana Knights of Columbus State Competition for the 9-year-old division. . . High temperature May 13 was 79. Low temperature May 9 was 25. . .May 11, the Baker Fire Department held its annual Ladies Night and department awards supper. Chief’s award went to Dustan Davis, Firefighter of the Year went to Bryce Kramlick and Marvin Schopp was presented a plaque for 50 years of dedicated service to the Baker Fire Department. . .May 8 Plevna’s National Honor Society Chapter inducted four new members: Dacy Buerkle, Jenna Paul, Ashley Sander and Trinity Rieger.

May 24 -- The 2019 Plevna School Graduation was held May 19 at the Plevna School Gymnasium. There were two graduates Cole Edgell and valedictorian Jessica Paul. Pastor Eddie Smith was the keynote speaker. . .Baker High School Graduation was May 19. There were 27 graduates, Jayden Allen was the valedictorian and Lily Hansen the salutatorian. Jessica Boggs was the keynote speaker. . .Baker High School golf team brought home a third place trophy at state. . .ToyBox Preschool graduation was held May 16. . .High temperature May 15 was 79. Low temperature May 20 was 29. . .Ismay Fire District receives new fire engine. . .On May 15 the Baker Fire Department was dispatched to the Parkview Apartments. The fire was caused by an electrical short in a ceiling fan. The apartment was unoccupied. . .The Lady Spartans placed 2nd overall at Divisionals. . . Plevna High School placed at Divisionals and will head to State Track Meet.

May 31 -- Lady Spartan track team bring home State Championship trophy, and receive an escort into town by local agencies, family and friends. It was the first time in the school’s history that the Lady Spartans have brought home first place. The nine girls were Emily Schumaker, Katie Wang, Wrenzi Wrzesinski, Andie Batchelor, Hannah Gonsioroski, Anika Ploeger, Macee Hadley, Ashlyn Lutts and Peyton Janeway. . .High temperature May 26 was 70. Low temperature May 23 was 33. . .On May 22 the Vitalant Blood drive was held, and their goal of 46 units of blood donated was met.

June 7 -- Headline: 2019 Miss Montana High School Rodeo Queen Contestants. Picture: Laney Rae Johnson, Maggie King, McKenzy Kate Hazen, Teanna Layne and Cassie Turner. . . On June 1, Baker residents and car enthusiasts came together at the Bank of Baker parking lot and Prairie Rose Classics to enjoy the 20th Annual Show and Shine. The warm weather made for a good turnout, with 75 cars and pickups. This was ten vehicles more than last year. . .Aaron Smith is the new Fallon County Times reporter. He will be reporting throughout the summer. . .High temperature June 3 was 86. Low temperature June 1 was 36. . .Picture: Don Selle, presented with a 40 year service pin by the Montana Department of Livestock. Don is the District Investigator for Fallon, Wibaux and Carter Counties. . .Alissa Bohle, an upcoming senior at Baker High School will compete for Miss Montana Outstanding Teen.      

June 14 -- Last week at the State High School Rodeo, Baker’s own Jacob Wang took home the state championship for Steer Wrestling. Jacob will continue on to compete at the National Competition in Rock Springs, WY in July. . . In association with wetland fringe restoration work, Richard Menger, Fallon County Environmental Health, wrote a successful grant for aeration of these newly deepened waters. . .Bump N’ Run name changed to SCORR (Short Course Off Road Racing). . .High temperature June 6 was 86. Low temperature June 9 was 38. . .First place winners of the Mammo Whammo Golf Tournament were Roy Tisdell, Dan Fradenburgh, Jacob Rieger and Devon Harrison. . .Mid-Rivers Cellular service to end August 1. . . Colonel Jon Neumann, son of Robert and the late Mikell Neumann of Baker and the family ranch south of Plevna, retired from U.S Army service on May 31 following a rewarding 30-year career that included service in three different wars as well as disaster relief operations here in the US.

June 21 -- Baker High School head coach Tim Robinson caps off an amazing season with being voted as the coach of the track year for girls class B track and field. . .Local businesses donate fireworks stand to Youth Center. The old stand was demolished last July by a microburst that hit downtown Baker. The businesses who contributed to the fireworks stand project were Boomhower Construction, Choice Construction, Griffith Excavating, Wyrick Construction, B & B Septic, Griffith Steel, Baker Metal, Direct Electric, J & M Lumber and D & M Solutions. . .High temperature June 14 was 84. Low temperature June 12 was 40. . .Filing for 2019 Municipal Election closed. . .Circus Saurus is coming to Baker on June 27. . .Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Fallon County Fair.

June 28 -- Headline: Baker Lake officially opens after EF-3 tornado. The grand opening of Baker Lake took place June 21 at the gazebo. After three years of draining, cleaning, filling and other hard work, a ceremonial snip of a ribbon signaled the official opening of the lake. . .Meet Kate Ernest a rather new physician’s assistant at Fallon Medical Complex. . .High temperature June 25 was 79. Low temperature June 25 was 44. . .Tester announces more than $8 million to upgrade 13 airports across Montana. Baker Municipal Airport - $2,100,000 - to reconstruct taxiways and expand aprons. . .Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Karlee Albertson of Billings with his Spirit of Montana commendation for her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to serving her community. Karlee is the daughter of Mike and Kandis Albertson of Billings. Her grandparents are Joan and the late Ralph Koenig, formerly of Baker.

July 5 -- Picture: Kids enjoyed watching the Baker Volunteer Fire Department members assist in washing the elephants before the Circus Saurus. . .Picture: Miss Montana aircraft stopped in Baker for their fuel stop on June 23 after participating in Commemoration for World War II Veterans held in Normandy. . . High temperature July 2 was 87. Low temperature June 26 was 47. . .Baker High School music students reflect on successful Chicago tour. . .Gill memorial bench dedication took place June 16.

July 12 -- Headline: Fun festivities for the 4th of July at Baker Lake. The gazebo area was filled with activities. A colorful bouncy house was set up for kids to play on, a 6-team volleyball tournament was taking place along with a cornhole tournament, a water balloon toss, and there were wheelbarrow and three-legged races as well. . .Spiffy’s says “Thank You” with free rodeo tickets for the community. This year, local business, Spiffy’s had the idea to sponsor your General Admission tickets into both days of the PRCA Rodeo. All the General Admission tickets will need to be redeemed the day of the event. . . High temperature July 7 was 86. Low temperature July 4 was 53.

July 19 -- The Baker Public School System welcomes new Superintendent, Mr. Aaron Skogen, for the 2019-2020 school year. Skogen and his wife have three boys with their oldest getting ready to start school in the fall. . .Fallon Medical Complex is welcoming Carol Hough, a Family Nurse Practitioner from Washington. . .Baker team wins 2019 State Bowling Championship. Mitchell’s #2 team, Ernie Scheetz, Dustin Scheetz, Devon Harrison and Daniel Fradenburgh, brought home first place with a score of 3,182. . .Marmarth Ambulance Service (MAS) fights to stay open amidst staffing shortage. . . The U.S. Marshals Service in Montana announced the arrest on July 3 of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Most Wanted fugitive on an outstanding warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. . .Mid-Rivers now blocking Robocalls free of charge. . .High temperature July 11 was 89. Low temperature July 10 was 53.

July 26 -- Last year, the Montana Knights of Columbus Council instituted a Knights of Columbus Priest of the Year award to be given to a Priest who is a supporter of the KCs, is a leader in the church, and is a true person of charity and a man devoted to his brother knights. In this second year of the award, the Montana Council selected Fr. Thomas Tobin as the 2019 Priest of the Year. Fr. Tobin just completed his 60th year as a priest, with almost all of those years serving the Eastern Diocese of Montana. . .Fallon Medical Complex welcomes MiKenna O’Donnell, new Occupational Therapist to their Rehab Department. . .High temperature July 23 was 88. Low temperature July 22 was 51. . .Lance Shepherd, a 1976 Baker High School graduate, has found himself working for the State of Colorado as the Capitol Complex Architects Manager. Some of the projects that Lance has been involved in has been work to restore the Colorado Capitol Building. . .Baker Bowling Center under new ownership. . .Photo: Baker Lake is a great place to spend a hot afternoon! Residents are taking advantage of all the fun activities the newly renovated lake has to offer.

August 2 -- On July 28 the Friends of FMC Foundation held their 16th annual “Lights of Life” event at Fallon Medical Complex in the FMC Dining Room. Approximately fifteen people attended, and seventy-six candles were lit in remembrance of friends, family members and loved ones that have passed on. . .On July 26 and July 27 the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held their annual Crazy Days event, a weekend of socializing, shopping, and now sports! The Baker of Chamber Commerce held a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in downtown Baker on Friday in conjunction with the Crazy Days sales. The tournament boasted a good turnout with a total of 17 teams. . .High temperature July 27 was 90. Low temperature July 29 was 47. . .Photo: Dave Hickey and Terry Bondy of Baker won People’s Choice Award at DC Cruisers Show and Shine July 27 in Killdeer, ND, with their 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

August 9 -- Plevna Public School is adding a new Ag teacher to their crew. Cele Menees will be heading the program for the 2019-2020 school year. Plevna is also welcoming a new 6th-12th grade Social tacher, Maria McSorley. . .Kylie Hadley is the new volleyball coach at Heart River. . .Father Thomas Tobin recognized as “Montanan of the Week” by Senator Daines. . .High temperature Aug. 3 was 96. Low temperature Aug. 6 was 56. . .Baker Lions Club, with the help of Riley O’Donnell, Cameron MacKay, Daniel Rost, Jon Weimer, Sean Shelhamer, Alex Bohle and Jacob Wang, installed a border on the south edge of the Senior Citizens Centennial Park to protect the grass from vehicles.

August 16 -- Plevna School welcomes new teachers. Suzanne Smith will be teaching fifth-grade science, sixth and seventh grade language and arts, and three periods of intervention. Kara MacKay will be teaching fourth grade. . .Linda Rost, science teacher at Baker High School, was accepted into the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specialization program from Texas Tech University. . . Senator Steve Daines came to Baker on Aug. 8 to visit with constituents and hear Montanans’ concerns about a variety of issues. A group of approximately 15 people met with Senator Daines at the American Legion. . .High temperature Aug. 8 was 89. Low temperature Aug. 13 was 48. . .Hunters and anglers with licenses that are displaying faded text making them difficult to read can have those licenses replaced at no cost at their regional Fish, Wildlife & Parks office.

August 23 -- Headline: Fallon County Fair brings excitement to Baker. Last week the 2019 Fallon County Fair took place. Folks of all ages came out to enjoy the many things the fair had to offer from the seven food vendors, twenty-two merchandise vendors, to the free games and inflatables, the rodeo, derby and of course Friday night’s Xtreme Night and Saturday night’s musical entertainment. . .Baker Elementary Schools will have a new PE teacher, Hailey Steinbeisser for the 2019-2020 school year. . .High temperature Aug. 20 was 93. Low temperature Aug. 18 was 40.

August 30 -- This year Baker and Plevna schools have an increase in enrollment from last year. Baker has an increase of one student at Lincoln School with 125 students for the school year. Longfellow School has 144 students, the same as it did last year. The 7th and 8th grade have eight more students, while Baker High School has two more students than it did last year. The enrollment at Plevna Public School has increased as well. . .This summer, Baker High School senior Alissa Schell, daughter of Keri and Rick Schell, traveled to Europe with 291 other students from the region for a music tour. . .High temperature Aug. 24 was 88. Low temperature Aug. 27 was 42. . .Picture: The ladies at the Fallon County Times were serenaded August 21 by a University of North Dakota student, Zephaniah Pearlstein. He was on his way back to college and needed to stop for a break and practice.

September 6 -- State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen joined Baker High School students, teachers, and administrators Sept. 3, to congratulate Linda Rost on being named Montana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Rost is a high school science teacher with a Master’s Degree in Science Education from MSU and is working towards a Ph.D. from Texas Tech. She will go on to represent Montana in the 2020 National Teacher of the Year competition. . .The City of Baker held an informational meeting on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. in the courtroom at the Fallon County Courthouse regarding the potential for the formation of special improvement district for the city streets. . .Motion to allow more than three animals per residence on a permit basis failed. . .As an offered benefit, city employees who own their home and reside in that home will now have the base rates for their water, sewer and garbage paid. . .High temperature Sept. 2 was 88. Low temperature Aug. 28 was 39. . .On Aug. 19, 2019 the Fallon County, Fallon County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) received notification that the EMS Department would be receiving $43,200 in grant funds for the purchase of a Stryker Power Cot and Power Load System.

September 13 -- Picture: Remembering 9/11. On September 11, the nation remembered the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Although it has been eighteen years since the horrific attacks, many Americans can still recall that morning as though it was yesterday. . .This November the Baker Lady Spartan basketball team will kick off their season with a new head coach, Jay Shumaker. Coach Shumaker is a long-time Fallon County resident, having gone to high school in Plevna. . .Little Beaver Conservation District denies application to dam Pennel Creek. . .High temperature Sept. 4 was 96. Low temperature Sept. 8 was 44. . .Kennedy Lyson of Baker will receive a heifer from L Bar W Cattle Company of Absarokee, MT, a gracious donor, later this fall. After a year of monthly reports, lessons, and breeding the heifer she will show at the 2020 NILE and then take full ownership. . .Staff from the Baker Senior Center collaborated with Wayne and Gaye Sander to set up a tour of Baker Lake for area senior citizens. On Sept. 5, Sander’s pontoon could be seen circling the lake with Wayne at the helm. . .Gloomy weather rains out the Fall Festival. Due to the cold and wet weather, the music and the bouncy houses for Fall Festival were cancelled, as well as most of the vendors.

September 20 -- Headline: Baker Fire Department and Police Department awarded $5,000 Grants to purchase equipment for their departments from Plains All American Pipeline L.P. . .Fallon and Carter Counties welcome Michael Millward as the new Ag and 4-H Extension Agent. . .Penny Benner, Plevna, had surgery and treatments in Rochester, MN and is now recovering. . .High temperature Sept. 16 was 94. Low temperature Sept. 13 was 41. . .Twenty-one-year-old Lena Zehnder traveled from her home, near Bern, Switzerland, this summer to spend time learning about Montana’s farm and ranch culture through the Swiss organization Landjugend, which is like America’s 4-H program.  One of the families she stayed with was the Sparks family in Plevna. . .Baker auctioneer J.K. Kinsey, of Kinsey Auctioneers & Real Estate LLC attends NAA Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. . .Plevna School musicians perform at Devils Tower new Hulett, WY on Sept. 13. . .The Sixth Annual Fallon County Rib Cook Off was held Sept. 14 with seven teams competing. The first place winners for the second year was Team Pink - Jay and Denise Tiedemann and Ryan Foust. Second place winners - Baker Fire Department - Randy Hoenke, Dick Chester, Dale Butori and Tom Bruha. Third place winners - Up In Smoke - Garett Putnam, Ty Tolzien, Kory Dolph and Scott Putnam and crew.

September 27 -- United Trinity Parish welcomes Gwen Evens as the new Youth Director. Gwen’s job will entail coordinating all the youth activities with help from volunteers. . .The 2019 Homecoming candidates were announced on Sept. 17. Queen candidates are Katie Wang, Halle Burdick,  Macee Hadley and Shelby Moore. King candidates are Teight Madler, Trent Collins, Riley O’Donnell and Jacob Wang. . .High temperature Sept. 19 was 86. Low temperature Sept. 22 was 40. . .Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate has reached a 10-year low are the third straight month, decreasing by 0.1 percentage points in August to 3.3%. . . RiverStone Health and the Department of Public Health and Human Services have identified the first confirmed case of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping in connection with the ongoing national investigation. . .September’s full moon, also called the “Harvest Moon” fell on Friday, Sept. 13, an occurrence that hasn’t happened for nearly 19 years, the last occurrence being on Oct. 13, 2000. It won’t happen again for another 30 years, with its next occurrence being on Aug. 13, 2049. . .Picture: The Jaycee/East Side Park in Baker in now open, after being destroyed by the 2016 tornado. . .The National German Shorthair Pointer Association donated $500 to the Baker Fire Department. The donation will be used for an icemaker.

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. . .Governor Bullock announces minimum wage increase. Montana’s minimum wage will increase to $8.65 an hour on January 1, 2020. . . 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. Jay currently lives in Billings, and has no plans to move to Baker, but does intend to spend a lot more time here. . .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. . .No-Shave November for Men’s Health. . .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 after graduating from Dickinson State University with his master’s degree in Public Administrations. Kylan also spoke at Plevna School.

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. . .Adding onto her impressive resume, 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 awards were WPRA - second place for best footing award and Outstanding Rodeo Committee partner. . .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 20 -- 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. . .Marmarth Public School is the only active school in Slope County, ND. . .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.


Virginia Cox, 93, July 23

Mary McGhee, 86, Dec. 22

Chester M. Crichfield, 97, Dec. 28

Vernice Martin, 69, Jan. 1

Roselyn M. Mott, 73, Jan. 11

Steven Ray Ehrich, 65, Jan. 27

Mildred Mae Molstad, 86, Jan. 29

Patricia “Pat” O’Connor, 87, Feb. 5

Larry LaBree, 76, Feb. 6

Wanda “June” Bagley, 83, Feb. 7

Kelly Joseph Mahon, 54, Feb. 14

Tom Overton, 93, Feb. 24

Patricia O’Grady, 62, March 3

Roy Huft, 55, March 3

Norma Ann (Corey) Tatarka, 85, March 16

Mads Anderson, 92, March 25

Evelyn Morrison, 93, March 27

Richard “Dick” Allen Timm, 89, April 5

Mary Stark, 92, April 10

Tom McPhee, 66, April 19

Vernard Schell, 88, April 20

Hulda Dockter, 95, April 21

Mary Morgan, 66, April 21

Robert “Bob” Berndt, 66, April 24

Areatha Penn, 89, May 10

Adeline Dockter, 88, May 20

Arleen Gae (Stieg) Beach, 87, May 21

David Gale Elmore, 79, May 27

Sylvia “Yvonne” Bagley, 90, June 1

Bonnie Duffield, 93, June 1

Kalli Beach McQuillan, 62, June 2

Barbara Lee Overton, 93, June 2

Richard Tronstad, 93, June 6

Keith Douglas Lindstrom, 67, June 7

Violet Baird, 93, June 30

Warren R. Nelson, 65, July 12

Lorelle Rose “Lori” Randall, 62, July 13

Frieda Straub, 87, July 30

Ernest “Ernie” Kriedeman, 68, Aug. 7

Arnold E. Duneman, Sr., 84, Aug. 11

Francis William Kirschten, 88, Aug. 14

Teena Strait, 63, Aug. 21

Gladys Viola Wicker, 90, Sept. 3

Joyce Glass, 68, Sept. 5

Kenneth Lang, Sept. 7

Marlene Young, 87, Sept. 11

Leonard Rost, 92, Sept. 14

Dorothea Helen Novak, 87, Sept. 18

Arnold T. Uecker, 77, Sept. 18

Katherine Stauss, 93, Sept. 23

Clarice Curry, 90, Sept. 24

Nora June (Wiser) Pratt, 87, Oct. 11

Janet Jean Tuggle, 82, Oct. 18

Lana Shipstead, 42, Oct. 23

Leland Gundlach, 92, Oct. 26

Teryn Beyers, 20, Oct. 30

Dorothy “Dotty” Cretsinger, 94, Nov. 1

James (Jim) Robert O’Donnell, 74, Nov. 2

Alvin Madler, 72, Nov. 6

DuWayne Richard Johnson, 87, Nov. 17

Jean Tennant, 86, Nov. 23

Gordon Leroy Gaub, 79, Nov. 26

Llewell Johnson, 89, Dec. 3

Wayne Lewis Jacobson, 90, Dec. 11


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