Former long-time Conrad resident John Henry “Hank” Holstein, 90, passed away on Jan. 16 in Midland, Texas.
He was born in Sugar City, Idaho on July 14, 1923 to Gottfried and Maria (Bischoff) Holstein. His parents were recent German immigrants from the Volga region of Russia.
Hank moved to Conrad in 1939 with his parents and siblings. They started out farming an area that is now a part of the Conrad Airport before renting the Hales Farm north of town. Around 1948, they bought a farm northwest of Conrad. As an adult, Hank lovingly cared for his parents and continued to work the farm until they passed away.
The Leavitt Group announced that Mountain West Benefits will become part of the Leavitt Group in an affiliation that also includes the Leavitt Group’s two Montana agencies: Taylor-Leavitt Insurance Agency of Billings, and Northern Montana Insurance Services of Choteau. The new entity will be called Leavitt Great West Insurance Services.
All three agencies will combine operations and expertise to create one of the largest insurance agencies in Montana with the ability to provide a full range of insurance, risk management, and employee benefits solutions. The combined entity will have 11 offices across the state, including Conrad, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Chouteau, Cut Bank, Great Falls, Helena, Livingston, Missoula, and Shelby, as well as an office in Vernal, Utah.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
At the city council meeting on Tuesday, after some discussion, the council moved to loan the Pondera County Regional Port Authority $12,437.54 (PA).
The loan would closeout the city CDBG (Community Block Development Grant) fund out.
The PA uses the grant funds for economic development based on the same CDBG requirements as the city.
A motion by Karla Breding, and second by Ron Widhalm, to loan the PA the balance of the CDBG revolving loan fund, less the seven percent management fee, passed on a 4-0 vote. The same reporting requirements are in place as the previous loan(s) in order for the PA to have forgiveness.