NUMBER ONE – Shane Larson, first place winner in the recent VFW Patriot Pen contest, reads his winning entry at the VFW awards ceremony.
Post 7655 Veterans of Foreign Affairs and Auxiliary held their annual awards banquet on Feb. 22 to honor the winners of the Voice of Democracy contest and the Patriot Pen.
The guests were welcomed by Post Commander Bert Rigby and Auxiliary President Donna Sorlie. Guests were introduced and present were District 2 Commander Merrill Hawley, CHS teach Kendall Griggs and UMS teacher Tara Thielmann. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance and musician Bernice Paisley led us in the National Anthem, followed by the table prayer led by Post Chaplain George Erickson.
Voice of Democracy Chairman Marilyn Waite explained the contest and this year’s theme, “Does America Still Have Heroes.”
RIGHT MOVES — Joe DeBoo shows how to put on a move called a bridge, in wrestling terms, at a meet in Havre. He came on to win his match and go 2-1 for the match-up in Havre. Photo courtesy of Tanya Mycke
The Conrad Wrestling Club has been busy over the past two weeks.
In February the club was in Choteau with 23 wrestlers. There were over 350 kids.
Seven of the wrestlers went undefeated including Cade Kimball, Demetri Will, Tyce Erickson, Tim Galarneau, Caden Huntsinger and Kyndal Mathis, all going 2-0. Roper Mycke picked up an extra match and was 3-0.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
The Independent-Observer joined papers from Sidney, Chester, Fort Peck and Havre in a conference call with Sen. John Tester on Thursday morning.
He had just gotten back to Washington, D.C. after being back in Montana over the President’s Day holiday. He noted that he had put over 1,500 miles on the road visiting constituents and hosting a Small Business workshop in Bozeman.
The Senator noted that some 350 people, including 20 federal agencies showed up for the mini-conference which helps small business owners to do work with the government and share information on the contracting process. “We’re trying to level the playing field,” he noted, saying it was a successful event.