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2 Box Elder Men Die in Single Vehicle Crash
BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) - 2 men have died following a one-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation. The Montana Highway Patrol says one victim was a 19-year-old man from Box Elder, while the other victim was a 22-year-old man whose hometown wasn't immediately available.

Holland and Bonine Funeral Home has sent a funeral announcement stating that 19-year-old Jerod Coffee and 22-year-old Lathine Windy Boy of Rocky Boy passed away in a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, at 6:25 AM, the vehicle was heading westbound on Upper Box Elder Road near mile post 3.5. The vehicle veered off the road to the right shoulder, corrected back onto the road, and then entered the north side ditch turning clockwise.

The vehicle went airborne while continuing to turn clockwise, and landed with the driver's rear side quarter panel facing east. The vehicle then went airborne a second time, and landed on its rear end. The two men were ejected from the vehicle, which came to its final rest in the north side ditch facing south.

Both men were ejected from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. It is unknown whether speed or alcohol contributed to the crash.

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Fire Totals Home South of Havre
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A home south of Havre in the Bear's Paw Mountains has been totaled after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning. Members of the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department were called to the house near First Lake at 6:00 AM Wednesday.

Firefighters spent nearly 5 hours battling the blaze, which was extinguished at approximately 11:00 AM. Bear Paw Fire Chief Josh Beebe says the occupants of the house are safe, but the house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Ft. Belknap Celebrates 50th Milk River Indian Days
HARLEM, Mont. (NMB) - The 50th Annual Milk River Indian Days Celebration begins Thursday on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The Pow-Wow will take place Friday through Sunday, and will feature both men's and women's divisions in Traditional, Grass and Fancy Dancing.

Thursday's activities include the traditional camp-out and children's Pow-Wow. Men's Flag Bearer Duane Buck Sr. says that due to the fast-paced schedule on the weekend, they decided to give the younger dancers their own special day.

"Throughout the weekend, we're moving along pretty fast. And we don't have a lot of opportunities to have regular traditional songs...a lot of these groups don't get a lot of chances to dance, especially the little ones, so we give them that special day."

He adds that the excitement level is high, especially among the next generation of Fort Belknap leaders.

"What really gladdens my heart is that there's a lot of young people that have brought a lot of excitement. I'm talking young people, like 20- and 30-year old people, starting families and stuff like that. It's just great to see those people that are going to carry this on."

Grand entry times are 7:00 PM Friday, and 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. The Celebration will take place at the Fort Belknap Pow-Wow Grounds.

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Fair Board Discusses 2014 Fair, Looks to Future
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Great Northern Fair Board met last night to discuss how this year's Fair went and to begin planning for the 2015 Fair as well.

Following a very successful Demolition Derby this past Sunday, members of the Havre Jaycees asked the Fair Board about potentially moving their events to Saturday night next year to bring in even more revenue. A decision wasn't immediately made, though Fair Board member Missy Boucher lists the pros and cons of making such a move.

"Well, the pros are I think that they're going to bring in a lot more people to the Fair, not only for their event, but for the vendors as well. The con of that is now we've got to go against the Rodeo Association and figure out who is exactly going to bring the most amount of dollars to our Fairgrounds and our community."

She adds that before a decision is made, the revenue figures of every Fair entity will have to be considered.

"Well, I think we need to look at all of the numbers from the last few years, and all of the food vendors as well. So (we need to) just take a look at every number and not try to miss any line item."

Here are the reported totals in ticket sales from the Fair office*

*As a disclaimer, some of these amounts are split between the Fair and the groups running the event. In some cases, tickets were pre-sold by the individual groups as well. Those totals are not included.


366 tickets sold ($5 apiece)

Grand Total: $1,830


335 tickets sold ($5 apiece)

Grand Total: $1,675


561 tickets sold ($10 apiece)

Grand Total: $5,610


570 tickets sold ($10 apiece)

Grand Total: $5,700


1,409 tickets sold ($10 apiece)

Grand Total: $14,090

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Hill County 4-H Brings in Nearly $200K from Livestock Sale
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The totals from this year's Hill County 4-H Livestock Sale and Auction have been tallied, and the results are staggering. Nearly $200,000 was raised this year through beef, lamb and hog sales.

This year's total of $198,000 is considerably higher than last year's $167,000. Hill County Extension Agent Lea Ann Larson says she was most surprised by the sale of lambs, which went for an average of $5.03 per pound.

"I was very surprised with the lamb prices. And it may have had something to do with our 4-H Clubs who were doing the meal this year for the buyers. (They) served lamb, and it was excellent. They got rave reviews, so maybe we turned some beef folks into eating some lamb."

She adds that a number of animals were re-sold, with the proceeds going to a charitable cause.

"A lot of stuff went to the new Chuckwagon fund, and a few of them went to just the Hill County 4-H program. So we had 12 animals that re-sold like that, for about $5,100 for all of those. So that was really nice of the community to make those donations to our program too, and we really want to say thank you to them for supporting us."

Here is a complete breakdown of this year's sale:


63 sold

Gross Total: $60,010.25

Average Per Pound: $3.71


16 sold

Gross Total: $10,475.79

Average Per Pound: $5.03


35 sold

Gross Total: $128,097.50

Average Per Pound: $3.01


114 animals sold

Gross Total: $198,583.54

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Sentencing Enhancement Justified In Sex Crime
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

Edward Harold Ghostbear was convicted in October 2012. The prosecution asked for a minimum four-year sentence based on the fact that the girl was younger than 16 and Ghostbear was more than three years older than she.

Public defender Dan Minnis argued jurors didn't make a separate finding about the ages, so the maximum sentence Ghostbear could receive was six months.

District Judge Dan Boucher of Havre agreed. Prosecutors appealed.

The Supreme Court ruled Ghostbear was faced the longer sentence because the ages of the girl and Ghostbear were presented to jurors and not disputed.

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Pharmacy Robbery Suspect Arrested
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - An arrest has been made in a Monday robbery of Western Drug and Pharmacy. The Havre Police Department took 30-year-old Arlene Morsette of Havre into custody on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:00.

Morsette is being held at the Hill County Detention Center pending charges of armed robbery, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute, and assault with a weapon.

Officers are currently in the middle of the investigation and pending the investigation, Morsette may be charged with additional crimes.

The Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint just before 1:00 PM on Monday. A good Samaritan attempted to follow the suspect's vehicle, but ultimately the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and prescription pills.

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