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Articles from the February 1, 2023 edition

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  • Whitehall Schools Honor & High Honor Rolls

    Feb 1, 2023

    HIGH HONOR (3.5-4.0 GPA) SIXTH GRADE: Jennene Armstrong, Saddie Burleson, Halle Downey, George Edwards, Rylee Einboden, Gabriella Gallagher, Ava Halvorson, Mikayla Head, Jackson Hofer, Aurora Koenig, Tamarak McDonald, Colt McLean, Julie McNew, Carley Ryan, Quade Skogen, Brody Watkins, Tyse Wilkinson. SEVENTH GRADE: Oakley Buckner, Madison Contreras, Carter Dawson, Dixie Dyer, Lillian Ebert, Maxwell Fernstrom, Ashlyn Gray, Gabe Hildreth, Reece Hofer, Cale Hoover, Gage Kidwell, Trent Larsen, Addyson McLean, Abby Pettersen, Gabriel Price, Lillian...

  • NorthWestern Energy customers reporting scam calls in South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana

    Feb 1, 2023

    Customers in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana are reporting scam calls and text messages from imposters trying to steal money by threatening immediate service disconnection. The scammers present themselves as NorthWestern Energy representatives on the phone, use our company’s logo in text and other electronic messages, and NorthWestern Energy’s phone greeting. Generally, the scammers demand a payment within an hour to avoid service shutoff. NorthWestern Energy never demands immediate payment or a specific payment type, such as a prepaid car...

  • Cardwell School Named Best Elementary in State

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 1, 2023

    Montana is being flooded with transplants from all over the country looking for small-town, less-stress life. For many locals, this is frustrating because our Montana ways are being forgotten for big box stores, expensive condos, and less "traditional" ways of making a living in the Big Sky state. Schooling options are limited, all dependent upon where one decides to call home. With miles between each school, and private education options limited, students go to where they live closest.... Full story

  • Montana Shakespeare in the Park Presents Hamlet Sandwich

    Feb 1, 2023

    A LITTLE HAMLET SANDWICH, ANYONE? The crew of Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks presented Hamlet Sandwich to the Whitehall Elementary & Middle School students on Monday, January 30th. Workshops featuring performance skills, as well as language and science/drama, were enjoyed by several of the middle school classes. This event was brought to the school by Gold Junction Presents and the Whitehall PTSA....

  • Dear Editor: Jim Buterbaugh is Right

    TIM MARDEN|Feb 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, Jim Buterbaugh wrote a recent letter espousing the value of education in our country’s founding documents. To some, I know this makes me sound like a curmudgeon of old school-ism but it is true. Jim is right. Most arguments for the Convention of States about reigning in the Feds stem out of a lack of education/understanding of our founding documents. Anyone who has read those documents knows all the points COS promoters try to make are already addressed. The checks and balances are already there. They just need to be followed. W...

  • Dear Editor: In Agreement with Buterbaugh


    Dear Editor, Responding to Mr. Buterbaugh’s letter of January 25, 2023, we are in agreement with him regarding the desperate need for better education, especially with respect to the history of the country and our founding documents. We do take issue with this in the fact that until such education can be initiated much less set in motion and even provided in a meaningful and last way, we feel that our country will be already far and away down the proverbial “slippery slope”! The education system needs re-vamping and a first step would be to eli...

  • Dear Editor: What is a Living Constitution?

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Feb 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, What is a Living Constitution? Since I have gotten political (my youngest daughter’s fault), I have heard from time to time references to the Constitution as a living document. I have always thought of the Constitution as the law of the land. What our great country was based on and without it, the United States would just be another kingdom or worse. And of course, the only way to understand something is to learn about it. After many hours of researching Living Constitution I have come to the conclusion that it basically means that...

  • St Teresa of Avila Banquet Coming February 15

    Feb 1, 2023

    Mark your calendars! Reserve your tickets! Prepare for an awesome night because…. the Annual Banquet at St. Teresa of Avila is on February 15! Metals Sports Bar and Restaurant is the caterer providing mouthwatering fare with beef strip loin, mashed potatoes, rolls, salad buffet, drinks, and desserts. Another exciting “Bucket Auction” featuring beautiful/fun/interesting gift baskets, lets you buy as many tickets as you want for the chance to WIN the bucket of your choice. The Ladies Auxiliary is proud to introduce The Honorable Brian Morri...

  • Thought Provokers: 2/1/2023

    Feb 1, 2023

    It isn’t knowing things that makes you smart. It’s how easily you learn new things and what you do with that information. For an organ that evolved to keep us safe from danger, the brain really likes activities that are dangerous. (e.g. doing drugs, driving fast, etc.) We spend around two years teaching our children how to walk and talk, then the remainder of their childhood trying to get them just to sit down and shut up. The reason why people hate ads more than commercials is that TV shows have built-in stopping points before commercials whi...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/4/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 1, 2023

    FEBRUARY 4, 1997 In a letter to Jefferson County Attorney Valerie Wilson, Town Attorney Jack Morris asserted the felony assault charges against Whitehall resident James Piazzola should not have been dropped and should be refiled by the Jefferson County Attorney. Morris wrote that Wilson’s legal analysis was “flawed” and that her motion to dismiss felony charges against Piazzola was “premature and unnecessary.” It was faulty legal analysis by Wilson, not faulty law enforcement work in Whitehall, wrote Morris, that resulted in the charges a...

  • This Month in Montana History: January

    RAE BRUCE, Jefferson County Museum|Feb 1, 2023

    January 10, 1864; 159 years ago: Sheriff of Bannack and head of the road agents Henry Plummer is publicly executed by Montana Vigilantes. 17 more road agents will be killed by vigilantes throughout the month. January 23, 1870; 153 years ago: Under command of Major Eugene Baker, the US Army kill nearly 200 Piegan Blackfeet people, mostly children, and women. The public outrage resulted in the United States taking steps to move towards a "Peace Policy", most notably moving the Bureau of Indian...

  • Simple Ways to Boost Your Energy

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Feb 1, 2023

    One of the main issues I see people struggling with is low energy. Many folks report waking up just as tired as when they went to bed. Some feel like they are just barely dragging through their day, and others feel like they hit the brick wall of total exhaustion by mid-afternoon. Sadly, many people accept fatigue as a routine part of their lives. I struggled with fatigue for several years, starting in my mid-twenties. It took time, but I finally found answers using a natural approach. It was this journey that transformed my health and...

  • The Healing Spot: Come Get Some Love

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 1, 2023

    Tucked into the backroom of Settings by All Things Montana you will now find The Healing Spot, a tea room and area of overall well-being and happiness orchestrated by Whitehall resident Heidi Lynn. Entering in, you’ll notice a variety of smells, and then you’ll see the many different herbs and teas available for your medicinal needs or tasting delight. “Most of the teas I have are for medicinal and functional purposes - to help with digestion or mood - but there are several that are for yummi...

  • Whitehall Residents Make Dean's Lists

    Feb 1, 2023

    Montana State University has announced its undergraduate honor rolls for fall semester 2022. There are two MSU honor roll lists: the President’s List and the Dean’s List. To be eligible for the lists, students must be enrolled in at least 12 college-level credits. This honor roll list was current as of Jan. 17 and includes all registration corrections or grade changes processed to that date. Students with a 4.0 GPA for the semester were named to the President’s List. An asterisk follows their names below. The Dean’s List includes the student...

  • Firebird and a World Premiere Celebrating Yellowstone's 150th

    Feb 1, 2023

    Join the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and virtuoso soloist Carrie Krause for a fiery start to the Classical Series performances in 2023 with Firebird and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 on February 25 and 26. The program opens with an exhilarating world premiere piece by Composer-in-Residence Scott Lee honoring 150 years of our treasured Yellowstone National Park. Stravinsky's Firebird Suite ends the program with an explosion of power and goodness, igniting a wildfire of musical bliss. The Fire...

  • Between the Stacks: 2/1/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Feb 1, 2023

    This Wednesday, February 1st, at 10 AM we will be hosting the third Alzheimer’s program on Effective Communications with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. Julie Bushmaker has been doing an incredible job sharing information on all sorts of Alzheimer-related topics, as well as dementia. The last program will be on Wednesday, February 8th at 10 AM. This session will explore Money Matters, talking about all types of financial concerns and where to get help. The Library will be offering a QPR class on suicide prevention from 12 PM to 2 PM for cou...

  • The Four Chaplains: The First Sunday of February

    JOHN DUFORD, Whitehall VFW and American Legion Chaplain|Feb 1, 2023

    At 12:55 AM on February 3, 1943, a torpedo from German U-Boat 223 detonated on the starboard side and well below the waterline of the USTT Dorchester. The former coastal luxury passenger liner converted to troop transport, carrying 904 servicemen, civilian workers, and crew, sank in only 27 minutes, taking 672 souls to the bottom of the freezing North Atlantic. It was one of the worst shipboard disasters in US naval history. The first Sunday of each February is designated Four Chaplains Sunday, commemorating the sacrificial service of...

  • Melitta Nagel, 98

    Feb 1, 2023

    Melitta Nagel went home to be with her Lord and Savior, peacefully in her sleep from natural causes, on January 18, 2023. Melitta was born in Springfield, Ukraine on May 20, 1924. She was one of 12 children. Melitta was of German descent living in a German village in Ukraine. Melitta, her husband Edmund, and their two-year-old son "Ron" emigrated to the United States in 1953, through the sponsorship of her dear Uncle Alex Wesch. Uncle Alex played a very important part in sponsoring all of her... Full story

  • Donald Dale Hyyppa, 82

    Feb 1, 2023

    Donald Dale Hyyppa passed away in the early morning hours of January 20, 2023, in Miles City, Montana. Don was born December 12, 1940, at 12:30 PM in Whitehall, Montana, to Barbara (Kjelstrup) Hyyppa and Kalervo Hyyppa, the eldest of three children. He spent all of his childhood in Whitehall and graduated from Whitehall High in 1959. In 1958, Don started working at the Lewis and Clark Caverns for the summer. Many of his coworkers there became great friends for life. Following high school, he... Full story

  • Norman Dale Reum, 73

    Feb 1, 2023

    Born in Polson on February 9, 1949, to Clinton and Mabel Reum of St. Ignatius, Norman Dale Reum passed away in Butte, Montana, and went to be with our Lord on January 18, 2023. Norm graduated high school in St. Ignatius in 1967 and attended the University of Montana where he studied business. Norm took that knowledge back to the ranch. He spent his life working as a cow whisperer, carefully bringing each baby into the world to the sound of the radio playing in the background. His working ranch...

  • Robert C. Nevin, 84

    Feb 1, 2023

    Robert C "Bob" Nevin, 84 yrs. old, passed away on January 24, 2023, of natural causes. He passed away in his home surrounded by his wife and daughters. Bob was born and raised in Big Timber, MT. In 1958, Bob married Barbara Reed and they just shared their 64th wedding anniversary in December. Bob's birthday was five days prior to his passing and he and his family had a great day together. He was all smiles and laughter and it was a wonderful day for all. Bob and Barbara have been residents in th... Full story

  • Fourth Grade Ski Trip

    TIM SCHOBER|Feb 1, 2023

    On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the Whitehall elementary 4th grade spent the day cross-country skiing at Homestake Lodge. After getting their skis and some instruction, they hit the trails for some outdoor fun. Skiing wrapped up with students challenging teachers, chaperones, and each other to race the obstacle course. The day ended with hot chocolate and tired kids....

  • WHS Wrestlers Finish Regular Season

    STEVE SACRY, WHS Wrestling Coach|Feb 1, 2023

    The Whitehall Wrestling team finished their regular season at home with Senior Night. The team and school honored our 11 seniors and their parents. These wrestlers have shown leadership and skill this year and are looking forward to next week's Divisionals. Honored at the match with their parents were Captain Miles Hoerauf, Captain Leo Scafani, Captain Dane Hoover, Karson Klapan, Blake Ritz, Gavin Watson, Blake DuBois, Kyle Denny, Michael Reiff, Nick Denny, and manager Addi Sullivan. Butte High...

  • Local School Nurse Receives DPHHS School Health Grant

    JON EBELT, Montana DPHHS|Feb 1, 2023

    Krista Glaus, RN, has been named a recipient of a School Health Mini-Grant Award from the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). She has received $1,000, which will contribute to staff CPR and first aid training in the Whitehall School District. Glaus provides nursing services to the Whitehall School District, where she works with students and their families to ensure students' health and well-being. She is among a select number of school nurses awarded grants by the DPHHS...

  • Welcome to Whitehall Schools

    Feb 1, 2023

    The Whitehall Schools would like to welcome Deputy Buissereth of the Jefferson County Montana Sheriff's Office.. Deputy Buissereth has been assigned as the School Resource Officer (SRO) in Jefferson County. He will serve all six school districts in the county and is a resource for students, parents, and staff. WHS is happy to have him!...

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