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First Half 2020 Chronology


January 1 thru June 30 (Second half next issue.) A week by week condensed form of the news as reported in the Leader during 2020.


January 2 Issue

High temp for last week was 27, low -5. Fire at James and Jedda Barron’s home destroys barn and kills 58 goats. JR Maldonado takes over M & M Service, now Maldonado Services LLC. Awesome picture of golden eagles in flight.

Ice fog hits NE Montana and heavy frost forms everywhere. Story on Westland Oil Company formed Oct. 27, 1919. Centennial notes and presentation of $2000+ from 2013 Scobey Centennial made. Borderline Snow Chasers dole out $7,000 in scholarships to a dozen area youth.

January 9 Issue

Decent weather for new year with high of 41 and low of 0. DC Health Dept. launches Prairie Home Assistance. Daniels-Sheridan Federal Credit Union and Silver Star Insurance food drive, a venture at Richardson Theatre, is a success.

Stephanie Hansen is new owner of Banjo’s Club 109. Ava Pearl is born to Holly Rasmussen and Eric Tade on January 5. Michael Lambert, Jr., 34, held in Glasgow on meth charges.

Kim Handran of Highway 13 Barbershop gives professional hot towel shaves. Linda Nichols, 75, of Opheim passes January 3 at DMHC. Saoirse Glyn is born Dec. 23 to Thomas and Janelle (Warren) Burns in Havre. “Saskatchewan Plans for Nuclear Power” is reprinted from the Kenmore News.

Daniels County is third place (low) for unemployment in state with 2.2%. 750 Club awards three $750 scholarships.

January 16 Issue

High of 25°, low -18 with .08 precip for the week.

2019 Top Ten property taxpayers shown. Prewitt Leibrand, Jackson Oie, and Thomas Weltikol become Eagle Scouts; all 78 from Troop 298 are listed. Ben and Kara Fosland look to start a brewery in Scobey.

DC Commissioners’ color map shows district divisions.

DC Centennial dollars are at $11,428; 75-80 enjoyed Jack’s Big Band dance music at kick-off to the centennial. KCGM realizes small profit. Fair set for July 16-19. Wes Solberg retires; Solberg dealership been in community the past 75 years.

Tammi Fladager files as candidate for DC County Clerk of Court/County Superintendent of Schools.

Firefighters flood skating rink. Scobey BB girls’ varsity defeats North Country (in squeaker), Lustre and Glasgow; boys team also wins over these teams.

Gymnasts perform at North Country game.

January 23 Issue

Frigid weather with all temps below zero except Jan 20 with 19 above; lowest was -29. MSU-Bozeman area kids make honor roll. Lund Chiropractic/The Body Building in Scobey has grand opening at new main street building.

DC Museum receives $28,788 Montana Dept. of Commerce tourism grant to refurbish “Watts House”.

Shirley Hinton, 81, died in Scobey on Jan. 19. Opheim BPA does well at Regionals.

Olivia Richardson and Martin Rojas are engaged.

Scobey school first graders tour Granrud’s Lefsa Shack (snacks included!).

Alfred Rysgaard, 83, died January 19 in Bethany, ND.

Nicole Larson files for Co. Commissioner. SHS varsity basketball teams beat Wolf Point and Nashua.

Borderline Snow Chasers Drag Racers pictured. Boxscore Alley details Scobey JV, C, jr high and Lustre scores. Scobey school board discusses 4-day school week, Music Booster Club, jr hi basketball coach stipends and more.

January 30 Issue

Moderate weather recently with a high of 36 and low of 7. Lots of fog on 21st. Good skating goes on at Fjeld Rink. DC Volunteer Color Guard and families meet for (hopefully annual) dinner. Sen. Mike Lang files for reelection. Census takers are short in DC.

MDT proposes “Back to Gravel” for 7 miles of Sec-

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ondary 511, north of Whitetail. Perry Wolfe and Mike Bjarko file for Hospital Dist. trustees. Leader readers get newspapers delivered erratically. Doug McCulloch, 94, died Dec. 25 in Moses Lake, WA. Eldon Chelgren, 88 died January 15 of pancreatic cancer in University Place, WA.

Scobey Stingray “Casino Night” fundraiser is success.

CJ Nelson does very well in basketball at Dawson Community college. Tande Grocery is featured in Loyalty to Our Communities.

Commissioner Humbert files for reelection. New Brewery items are stored at Leader for time being.

Lustre BB teams win over Nashua, lose to Culbertson.