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Capitol Christmas Tree Begins Journey To D.C.

The Capitol Christmas Tree has began its journey from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana to Washington, D.C., where it will eventually conclude its trip on the lawn of the capitol building.
The tree left the Kootenai National Forest Nov. 13 with its first stop in Eureka. Later that day, the tree stopped in Whitefish as it continues its trip across the U.S.
The tree will make a stop in Glasgow Friday, Nov. 17, from 3 until 5 p.m. The Herald-News reached out for confirmation about the tree’s route after the Glasgow visit but couldn’t confirm whether the tree would come through Wolf Point on U.S. Highway 2 or travel south across the Fort Peck Dam.
The tree will make its way to Glendive for a stop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. After, the tree will leave Montana on its way to its next stop in Dickinson, N.D.
This tradition began when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack, a Democrat from Massachusetts, placed a live tree on the capitol lawn in 1964. The three lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage according to capitolchristmastree.com.
In 1970, the capitol architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, every year a different national forest is selected to provide what is known as “The People’s Tree.”
This year, an Engelmann Spruce from Kootenai was selected as the tree. The last tree from Montana before this was a Subalpine Fir from the Bitterroot National Forest in 2008. Prior to that, another Engelmann Spruce from Kootenai was selected as the tree in 1989. It could be quite a while before Montana is selected to provide The People’s Tree again. This is the third time Montana has provided the tree.
As of press time, the tree has traveled nearly 700 miles and has approximately 12,500 ornaments. It is currently on its way to Helena where it will stop for a visit. Then, it’s on to Fort Belknap before heading into Glasgow.
For those interested, the tree can be tracked on trackthetree.com. SkyBitz provides accurate GPS location for the tree and its future stops.

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Special Legislative Session To Look At Budget Deficit

Legislators Head Back To Work
The Montana Legislature is back in special session this week to try to tackle Montana’s $227 million budget shortfall.
(Photo by Freddy Monares, UM Community News Service)

 

Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Democrat, recently called for a special legislative session to deal with Montana’s budget crisis. A huge deficit in the fire fund is one of the major issues facing the state after the record-year of wildfires which hit most of the state over the summer.

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Sun Mountain Sweets Brings Treats To Wolf Point

Sun Mountain’s First Dollar
Sun Mountain Sweet’s Cassie Solberg (right) receives a First Dollar Award from Aaron Kurokawa, a director for the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, as recognition of opening a new business in Wolf Point. (Photo by Tyler Manning)

 

To say that Cassandra Solberg loves baking and decorating would be a bit of an understatement. For a long time, she dabbled with the idea of having a small bakery and sweet shop in Wolf Point. In October, she fully embraced the idea by bringing Sun Mountain Sweets to Wolf Point.

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School Board Discusses Cold Weather Bus Route

At the regular meeting of the Wolf Point Sschool board, Nov. 13, the board discussed the cold weather bus route for the upcoming winter. The board also approved new policies via a recommendation from the Montana School Board Association.

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Frontier Board Approves 6-Man Football Team

With 17 boys in grades four through seven this year returning a survey stating that they were very interested or interested in playing 6-man football next fall, the Frontier Elementary School board approved adding the program for the 2018-19 school year for grades five through eight.

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