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January 2014


1260 Washington Avenue

2 bed, 1 bath home, main floor laundry, nice deck off the back, detached double car garage with alley access, fenced yard, sprinkler system & 2 storage sheds.

830 Missouri Street ~ Chinook 1141 26th Avenue W

4 bed, 2 bath, large double-wide, nice home! Contact Jim Anderson for more info.

Property features 4 bed, 1 bath home + separate 1 bath studio with kitchenette, detached double car garage, storage building, nice yard, all located on just over half an acre.

1156 Wilson Avenue

5 bed, 2 bath home, detached garage, great off-street parking, nice lot in a great location.

1100 Ohio Street ~ Chinook 6125 County Road 838 NW

1639 1st Street ~ $69,000

2 bed, 1 bath, double-wide mobile home, covered patio area, nicely landscaped fenced yard with underground sprinklers, great off-street parking, detached single car garage, located on a spacious corner lot.

935 4th Street ~ $84,900

Main floor features 2 beds, 1 bath + master suite, utilities, room for additional apartment & 2 attached 1-stall garages. Spacious basement includes large rec room & additional bath-finish to suit your needs! Truly unique home with nearly 6,000 sq ft of space and many possibilities!

730 2nd Street

Renovation project! Contact Jim for more info.

6 bed, 3 full baths/1 3/4 bath/1 1/2 bath, approximately 4,780 sq ft on 3 levels, large kitchen, formal dining area, formal living room, great room with fireplace off of kitchen, main floor utility room, attached triple car garage, combination shop/barn, private well; approximately 79.7 acres extending to the Milk River.

810 24th Avenue SE

830 24th Avenue NE

Turn-key car & truck wash/oil change business, includes large service garage, automatic and self-service wash bays, lots of equipment and inventory included! Contact Robin for more info.

120 River Road - Property includes large shop & storage/warehouse buildings, located on approx. 2 acres along the Milk River. Great Investment!

120 1st Street NW ~ Rudyard Spacious home with 3+ bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, nice full basement, 1 attached garage and 1 detached garage, located on a nice large lot.

48920 Eagle Rock RD

Lovely brick home with just under 5,000 sq ft of living, located on +/- 44.3 acres in Eagle Rock Estates with great views! Updates to home include new metal roof, new windows & new carpet on the main floor. Property includes nice sized shop, barn, corrals & is also fenced to take care of your livestock needs. Ride your horse from the barn to Beaver Creek Park!

Commercial Lots

Commercial lots with US Highway 2 and 15th Avenue access

Steel shop with over 7,000 sq ft, built in 2007 with hot water floor heat, located on two acres with good road frontage and great off-street parking and private well-potential tenant in place. Contact Russ Getten for more info.

3 bed, 1 bath home, everything you need one level! Contact Jim for more info.

114 1st Street ~ Commercial Building For Sale or Lease

Commercial building in a great location along busy 1st Street/Highway 2, good off-street parking, potential for office space or retail, additional 1st Street location also available.

Commercial Building

Large renovated metal building, formerly known as the Plainsman Sports Bar and Steakhouse, approximately 4,392 sq ft under roof, 3.47 acres on busy US Highway 2, great parking on large lot, updated private sanitation system, private water supply, potential to convert to warehouse, residential housing, apartment complex, etc.

Rudyard ~ $55,000

Updated 3 bed, 1 bath home, triple car garage, great yard.

Harlem Hay Farm

320 acres +/- east of Harlem, approximately 300 acres of irrigated cropland, historically a very productive farm. Includes updated home, shop & support buildings; additional acreage available. Contact Jim Anderson for more info.

93 Acres East of Harlem

Approximately 3 miles East of Harlem on the south side of Savoy Road, comprised of 58 acres irrigated cropland with balance being grazing and habitat. Property features several tree rows with cottonwoods and willows, stockwater well and irrigation pump, fenced perimeter, great access!

41 Outlaw Trail ~ Roundup

Lovely log home with beautiful views located just south of Roundup, features 3 beds, 2 baths, beautiful kitchen/ dining area that walks out to large sun deck, bonus room, nice pantry, 2 wood stoves, and much more! Property also includes guest cabin, greenhouse, 2 large shops, multiple storage sheds & recently drilled well.

Need Farm & Ranch Listings, We have Buyers!

1319 11th Street ~ $179,900 1905 5th ave ~ $225,000 One level living is what you will have with this great home. It is situated on nearly 3/4 acre and has a lovely yard with fruit trees and a great garden spot. The master bedroom is extra large with a private bath and a walk in closet. 2 living rooms make this home a great place to entertain. All appliances are included as well as a hot-tub.

This Condo is updated and ready to move into! 3 bedrooms 3 1/2 baths, beautiful kitchen and dining area. It also has a deck with a Hot tub and fenced back yard. You have to see it to appreciate it.

1109 6th Street ~ $145,900 Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. Has new exterior paint, tile floors, main floor laundry, laminate floors in downstairs bedrooms, new hot water heater, and new carpet in basement family room. Don't pass this one up on your list.

1120 10th avenue~$135,000

150 75th ave W ~ $139,000 Great home located just 5 miles west of town, on almost one acre. Private well. Two outbuildings, two car garage, surrounded by mature hedge and trees. Currently having new windows, siding, and roof replaced on house! New furnace, plumbing, and most of the electric has been upgraded. Priced to sell fast!

Well maintained 4 bedroom (2 up/2 non-conforming down), 2 bath home located close to town and amenities. House has been repainted inside and out, new sidewalks all around home. Fully finished basement offers large family room with access to covered carport. All you need to do is move in, it's that simple!

310 centurian St ~ $170,000 Great home in a nice neighborhood! Two car attached garage! Two bed and bath up/two bed and bath down. Rec. room with fireplace. Private fenced backyard! Well maintained. Seller is offering $2,000 for carpet allowance. Better check it out before it's gone.

1006 Lincoln ave ~ $145,000 Seller is offering a $5,000 Buyer incentive! Whether you need new carpet, appliances or help with closing costs. Take a look at this 5 bedroom (2up and 3 non conforming down) home and its possibilities! Great location.

212 Norman ave ~ Joplin, mt $39,900 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a two car garage.


19th Street-Lot 9 ~ $39,900

Build your dream home on this vacant lot located in a great neighborhood.

7000 Block 2nd St NW ~ $15,000

Vacant lot 1.03 acres. Close to town and amenities. Owner makes no warranty on availability of water. Buyer will assume all costs associated with drilling/bring water to lot.

1025 Boulevard avenue ~ $177,000 709 9th St ~ $79,900 This home is a Home Steps as repaired listing. New flooring and paint throughout. New roof, sewer line and landscaping.

Completely updated 3 bed 2 bath home. Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and original hardwood floor on main. Large lot with privacy fence in backyard and wood deck for entertaining. Don’t miss this fantastic home.



f winter’s icy weather is keeping you indoors and close to the fires, you might think of taking this time to get some interior painting done. Before you get started, though, read these tips from some experts for making the job go easier and more effectively.


To get the best fi nish, make sure you’ve prepared your base properly. The home improvement website says that means you should scrape off all peeling paint and primer bare patches; wash and rinse walls and let them dry overnight; fi ll all holes with spackle then primer the dry spackle; and remove fi xtures, light switch covers and outlet covers, and tape the switches and outlets to keep paint off them. Paul Alexander, manager of Havre Sherwin-Williams Paints, also recommends removing doors which can be an obstacle in your work area and get marred by drips, tools and equipment.


Pick the correct primer. Of course, says, this means you can’t put latex on an oil fi nish or oil on a latex fi nish without sanding fi rst ... and then cleaning off the dust particles you created. It also means using a deepgray primer if you are covering a light-colored wall with dark paint, especially dark reds and blues, Alexander said. In the past, switching to a dark paint meant adding some of your paint to the primer as a tint, but, he said, current research has discovered that using a gray primer of similar darkness to your paint works better. continued on page 9

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BTW: If you don’t know if your fi nish is latex or oil, says to rub the wall with a cloth liberally wetted with rubbing alcohol. If the paint transfers to the cloth, it’s a latex.


Choose the right color. Before you buy paint, take a color chip home to look at it in your house, Alexander said, because different lighting defi nitely affects the tint. also recommends buying a small amount of the color, usually a quart, and painting a foam board to give you a bigger sample. Sometimes this bigger surface reveals more to the eye about color and tone than a small chip of paint.


Choose the right type of paint. Latex paints stay a little softer, Alexander said, so oil paints should be used on doors, cabinets and windows to avoid having them stick shut and damaging the fi nish. He also said that, though modern, quality paint brands have satin and fl at paints that hold up well to repeated washing, the general rule of thumb is to use semi-gloss paints in areas that will be subject to lots of washing, like hallways, kitchens and kids’ bedrooms. He did warn, though, that semi-gloss paints are not good for walls with imperfections, such as in an older home with “character,” and recommends a satin fi nish to avoid those revealing light refl ections, while still keeping some of the durability.





Canvas drop cloths are all the rage. Five out of fi ve randomly sampled websites that specialize in home imUse the right tool for the job. One provements – and that had an opinof the simplest ways to help make ion on the matter – recommended paint spread more evenly and canvas drop cloths over plastic sheeting. The without undue effort is to choose reasons included improved traction (i.e., less the correct roller, Alexander said. slipping), durability and better fl exibility to Smooth fi nished and textured walls require wrap around corners and doorways. different types of rollers. Smooth fi nish reSand your wall trim between coats. quires a short nap (probably 3/8 inch) and To get paint applied with a brush on the more textured walls require a heavy or trim smooth, long nap (probably ¾ inch). If the nap is too recommends sanding trim between short on a rough surface, then the roller runs each coat of primer and paint using out of paint too quickly and the nap doesn’t a fi ne-grit sanding sponge to smooth down reach down into the low spots. If the nap is the ridges. The website also recommends too long on a smooth surface, the paint will waiting 24 hours before sanding and then run and the nap will pull the paint back off cleaning the dust from the trim before con- the wall. tinuing with the next coat. Accept that there is no order of go, but there is special paint. ExAvoid unsightly ridges. The home perts do not agree on what order improvement site, familyhandyto paint the various parts of the, says that the way to room: Trim fi rst, walls, then ceilavoid ridges of paint forming along the track of the paint roller is to ing? Ceiling, trim, then walls? Everyone make sure the paint stays wet from one pass seems to have their own opinion. But if of the roller to the next. If this isn’t possible, you’re worried about dripping paint from the site recommends feathering out the paint the ceiling onto your newly painted trim, along the edge of a roller track. This is done Alexander said, consider using low-drip by making a pass with a wet paint roller, then paints made specifi cally for painting ceilusing the nearly dry roller to spread the paint ings, like Eminence. at the edges out thinner, or feathered.




Tame that ragged edge: If you want to add a stripe or two, or more, across a textured wall, Alexander said, it's hard to get the masking tape to seal perfectly in the irregular surface, and this causes the edge of the stripe to be ragged. To prevent the paint seeping, he recommends this simple technique: Measure and mark your stripe area and lay your tape in place along your lines, but before you paint your stripe color, paint a layer of background color along the tape seam. This seals, with the background color, any gaps under the tape caused by the wall texture. Once that layer dries, paint your stripe. Bonus Tip: When the job is done, keep track of your selections. Alexander said that one of the coolest tricks he’s learned from customers is how to keep track of what colors were used in a room: Before replacing the cover over the light switch, write the name of the paint or paints used in that room on the back of the cover, then screw the cover into place, so the information particular to that room stays in that room. January 2014


7310 County Rd 462 W $799,000

Luxurious home & a piece of the country! Located on +/- 53 acres in parklike setting, approx 3 miles West of Havre. 4 bdrm, 4 bath home w/gourmet kitchen, formal dining & all the pluses. Includes pond w/ fountain, 3 wells, feed crop/pasture & Beaver Creek flowing through it. Great view, plentiful wildlife, fenced for horses & very private. Attached 3 stall garage & 44 x 48 shop/barn.

969 Dana Rd ~ Big Sandy $250,000

4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 level older style home, oversized 3 stall garage, nice quonset plus shop. All on +/- 20 acres, 7 miles South of Big Sandy, MT, just off pavement. Nice trees, great view & awesome neighbors.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

730 Summit Ave ~ $229,000

Spacious & very clean, 2656 sq ft home. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, remodeled with chef’s kitchen/ dining, large fenced back yard, large deck & off street parking. Double garage & awesome views!

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

1060 Blvd Ave ~ $142,000

2 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath home. Open floor plan, large fenced corner lot & nice shop.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

1490 37th Ave. W. ~ $339,900 Country home with country views on Old Post Road. Beautiful 6 bdrm, 3 bath home. 2 levels of complete living with attached triple garage & 1 double garage!

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

1330 Blvd Ave ~ $179,900

Bright & beautiful 4 bdrm, 2 bath home. Double garage with large parking pad, daylight basement & nice yard. Open kitchen/dining & brick fireplace. Also includes large addition behind garage.

4612 Judith Landing Rd Big Sandy, MT ~ $599,000

Windy Ridge Property ~ $299,000 +/- 30 Acres located approx. 10 miles East of Havre, MT on Hwy 2. Big house-4 bdrm, 1 ž bath, open floor plan, great kitchen/ dining area, double tuck-under garage/ shop/office, master suite & main floor utility. Enclosed horse arena & barn w/corrals near reservoir. Little-house-1 bdrm, 1 bath single level, attached breezeway w/double garage.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

+/- 80 Acres-inculdes approx. 10 cultivated, 10 homesite & 60 for livestock, 4 bdrm, 2 bath home with attached garage. 1 large heated & insulated 40x50 shop, 1 large 40x80 garage/shop, 1 large 40x64 polebarn & 1 opensided 32x96 storage unit (1997). A 2 bdrm bed & breakfast cottage completes this ranchette.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845 for more information.

LOTS FOR SALE Vacant Land For Sale~$125,000

Approx 5.34 acres located 3.5 miles West of Havre, MT on Hwy 2.This property is fenced, includes a well & 2 metal sheds. Zoned Commercial/Residential. Electrical also runs across this property.

Call/Text Ken Nelson at 406-439-0595

4 Acre Lot East of Torgerson Implement ~ $375,000 Ready to build on.

345 Whitetail Lane Chinook ~ $275,000

1236 Cleveland Ave ~ $139,900 2 bdrm, 1 3/4 bath home. 2 non-conforming bdrms in full basement, TV room & pantry/ storage. Beautiful private back yard w/ patio, shade trees, underground sprinklers & fencing. 2 carports & 3 storage sheds.

Call Paul Kuka at 265-7845

712 17th St ~ $139,000

Clean 2 bdrm, 1 bath home on South end. Double garage, underground sprinklers. Close to schools & parks.

Call Gary Toldness at 390-3155

5 bdrm, (1 non-conforming) 2 bath handicapped accessible home. Includes a 35x40 heated & insulated shop + 35x40 extension to the shop that could also be a 3 stall garage. Many updates to this country style home. 31 Acres along the Milk River with county maintained road to the house.

Call Ken Nelson at (406) 439-0595

609 Montana Ave ~ $100,000

3 bdrm, 1 bath home in Highland Park. New siding, new roof & new windows. Basement is plumbed in for additional bathroom. Oversized double garage. Includes 45 x 145 lot for RV's/boats/toys.

Call Janis Flynn at 265-7845

184 Lehfeldt Ave ~ Big Sandy, MT ~ $29,000 1 bdrm, 1 bath updated home. Large lot, good appliances & new furnace. Includes double garage.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

103 3rd St. W. ~ Inverness, MT ~ $99,900 1235 Lincoln Ave ~ $99,000

Nice starter home. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, unfinished bsmt & main floor utility. Great fenced back yard, double garage & quiet neighborhood.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

Beautifully remodeled 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath home w/ good water & shop + outbldgs.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

LAND FOR SALE ~ $125,000

Approx. 320 acres of fenced grassland w/reservoir. Located 7.5 miles north of Savoy, MT.

Call Nick or Janis at Flynn


Recent updates & 17% return!

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

928 2nd Street ~ $97,500

Call Jeanie Cole at 945-0931


415 2nd St (4-plex) ~ $110,000

Call John Carlson at 390-1381

3 bdrms, 1 bath home on double lot with 3 stall garage (includes loft). Original hardwood flooring in living/dining areas. Built in terrarium in living room. Large back yard w/greenhouse.

All utilities to corner of lot.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

Income Properties

1 bdrm, 1 bath home. 2 nonconforming bdrms in basement, heated 2 stall garage, large garden space & fruit trees

1223/1225 Cleveland Avenue $129,900

Corner Lot Brandon Estates ~ $42,000

1206 & 1208 2nd St ~ $124,900

408 Illinois St ~ Chinook, MT $128,000

Nice duplex. Great fenced back yard, double garage & washer/dryer hookups.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

commercial listings

Seller wants it gone & has lowered the price on this family style home. 5 possible bedrooms, 2 baths + family room in basement. Garage & nice back yard.

Oil City Saloon ~ Shelby, MT

509 1st Street ~ Hingham, MT $59,900

Bullhook Bottoms Casino + Liquor Store ~ $650,000

Call Paul Kuka at 265-7854 or 265-2060 2 bdrm, 1 bath spacious home with country kitchen & large living room. Fenced yard, perennial garden, mature trees, RV & equipment parking in rear & 4 stall garage/shop.

Call Janis Flynn Pyrak at 265-7845

Full liquor license, full kitchen & 6 newly remodeled apartments.

A large Commercial property that includes a Casino & Liquor License on 1st Street/Hwy 2 frontage in Havre, MT

Call Ken Nelson at 406-439-0595 or Larry Martinson at 390-1509

WANTED Farm or Ranch Units to List & Sell

We have prequalified buyers ready to purchase. Please contact Janis Flynn Pyrak @ 406-265-7845

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t’s a common understanding that if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, but a former Chinook couple also has found that if your life gives you too many antlers, you just make beautiful home furnishings and create a whole new home-based business.

Officially open for business Jan. 1, 2012, with the launching of its Facebook page, Belt Mountain Rustic Home Furnishings has a wide array of home furnishings created and marketed by husband and wife team Russ and Kelli Friede. With an ever-evolving inventory which includes creations like tall floor lamps made of entwined elk horns, multi-antler chandeliers of spiraling white-tail and mule deer antlers, and candle holders, napkin rings, toothpick holders and cribbage boards all from antlers, Belt Mountain has something for a variety of household decoration and

use. As an avid outdoorsman from Chinook, Russ has had a life-long passion for collecting antlers, but it wasn’t until four years ago when Kelli, who claims Harlowton as her hometown, inspired him that he decided to make something practical of that ever-growing collection. Now he has a whole new career. “Somebody was complaining about all the horns in the garage—” Russ started saying about his inspiration. “—And then he thought he ought to do something with them,” Kelli finished for


him. After that decision was made, Russ bought a how-to video for making furnishings from antlers, but that was the easy part. Russ started his creative efforts with a glass-topped elk-horn coffee table for their own home and moved on to making three lamps for family members and more items. Kelli jumped into the fray helping with some of the finish work. It took the pair a while — with both working full-time jobs on a ranch near White Sulfur Springs continued on page 12

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— to feel that their products were up to their standards for selling. “It took us probably two years to actually get to where we felt like we could sell them because we had the process refined,” Kelli said. “Mostly it was the painting of the patches, so they wouldn’t show.” The patches are to cover areas that Russ has had to drill put in screws that secure the antlers together or where wiring is run into or through an antler. Through research and practice, Russ figured out which putty was the best to use, both in quality and workability, to shape patches that mimic the natural horn. “You just try to blend them as close as you can to what was there” before the hole was made, he said. “We try to keep ours hidden enough to where they really got to look for them.” “We figure we’re successful if they really got to ask us where it is,” Kelli said. Russ said he has to keep on hand a minimum inventory of about 30-40 elk horns and 200 deer horns to keep production going. The number of horns has to be so high because of the nature of the construction process, he said. When he makes chandeliers, for exam-

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ple, he needs antlers that match in size, shape and deer species. Depending on the size of the light, that can require six to 12 compatible antlers. For a floor lamp, he needs at least one antler that is the right height and of a pleasing shape and color to work as the upright, or pole, and one or more that will create a sturdy, balanced base. Some items, like the multi-antler oil-candle holder, simply need antlers that will look good together and create a sturdy base with ornate tines. To put it all together, he said, he just digs through his inventory until he has the right antlers for the project. Most of the time, he finds inspiration for his next piece by looking through the antlers and putting them together in various configurations until he sees a finished product. Even if the seed of an idea came from some outside source, the fact that each antler is unique, and the way the individual antlers come together is different each time, makes each piece he produces a one-of-a-kind work of art. Once Russ worked through his original collection of antlers, he started purchasing

them from dealers because he couldn’t keep up with demand from what he found on his own, he said. Right now, he added, about 90 percent of his inventory is purchased by the pound from dealers. Though the antler price has doubled in the past few years because they are now popular as dog chews sold in pet stores, Russ said he’s still choosy about what he uses. “I’ve been getting rid of stuff that’s way too big, or if it’s not got enough color or it’s got broken points,” he said, adding that “you just waste so much time (trying to make them work in a project). I just take all that stuff and sell it to a horn buyer.” Almost everything can be used, though, when there is an inventory need. Antlers that have good color and quality, but aren’t suitable as to use as a whole, maybe because of a broken tip, can be parted out, so to speak, for his smaller pieces like the napkin rings, toothpick continued on page 13


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holders and cribbage boards. Small and unusual antlers can be used for the oilcandle holders. If they don’t need those smaller products in inventory, or the antler is otherwise unusable, he trades the antler through the dealer for what he needs. Kelli said that she found an antler that was less than prime while out moving cows on the ranch one day and stopped to pick it up because she knew that it could be used as trade for better quality antlers. “I picked that up, and the guys were kind of laughing at me, and I was like ‘Hey, my husband’s going to be happy over this,’” she said. While they have learned in the production side of the business everything from how to make their furnishings aesthetically pleasing as well as sturdy, what antlers to work with and how to finishcoat their products so they look natural and professional and still clean up well, the marketing side of the business provided its own lessons as well. Kelli said they started out going to smaller fairs and craft shows, and with those sales, the experience and the input from customers and craftspeople, they started going to bigger and and more specialized shows. They also started reaching out to retailers. With input from potential customers, buyers, retailers and other people in the crafting and construction business, they are learning to target their products at the right time and in the right markets. Along with selling their merchandise through their Facebook page, they are selling through two stores in the state, Gallery Interiors in Billings and Moccasin Mountain Gallery in Lewistown. They also will be at two outdoors/sporting shows after the first of the year, one in Billings and the other in Helena. While Russ makes some glass-top tables and does custom orders, the latter generally requested because people want something made with their own antlers that have sentimental value, it’s his wide range of lamps — from tabletop to hanging and floor lamps — that are their most popular sellers. Kelli said she feels that the construction quality and the creativity put into their products is great, but it's their attention to finish that sets them apart. “It’s a luxury item,” Kelli said, and they work hard to make sure customers get the quality they should. “The hard thing is getting (the products) to people to see the quality in per-


All photos Courtesy of Russ and Kelli Friede

son,” she added, “because that’s generally when we can make a sale is when they can actually see that the quality of the patch and finish is better than others.” The trade shows, they said, are an important way to get their products seen by a lot of people and let their creations make an impression, so they are working to find the shows that play to their marketing. Even at home improvement shows where potential customers are not necessarily shopping for decor items, but rather getting ideas for their homes which are in construction or pre-constructions stages, this contact makes a difference. They said that after a recent home improvement show in Billings, they saw an increase in sales with their Billingsarea retailer.

“We have a lot of people ask us if (the antlers) are real because they can’t see the spots where they’re screwed together. I think it’s unfortunate that pictures don’t do that justice because a lot of people look at the pictures and say,’ oh yeah,’ but when they see them in person that’s when we can really sell them. “A lot of people do really nice work, but you can tell where they’ve screwed (the antlers) together. And we do our best to make it so you can’t,” she added. “Sometimes you don’t realize really what it looks like until you get the urethane on it and we’ve had to go back in — if you’re standing off and you can tell at all, we will go back in and fix it. ... And sometimes it’s a real bugger to get it, but that’s the difference, I would say.”

January 2014


520 6th Avenue ~ $169,000

Beautifully remoleded 3 bedroom home. Brand new kitchen, updated bathrooms, and refinished hard wood floors. You must see for yourself what this home owner has done for this home and yard.

421 Sagebrush Drive ~ $190,000

Beautiful new Kitchen in this split entry home with awesome curb appeal and easy drive thru driveway. Three bedrooms, one a huge master, two bathrooms, large rec room big enough for the man room/kids haven and a double garage. call Edward for showings.

55+ Living Town Home BRAND NEW!

2235 9th Avenue

3 bed, 2 bath with double garage all on one level!

Offered at $269,000

1315 19th Street ~ $325,000

A seller allowance of $5,000 for carpet. This incredible home was custom built for the sellers. This is the first time available on the market to purchase this incredible home that boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, double garage & garden with vegetable cellar. Contact Edward Ruff for your showing today.

1625 31st Avenue NE ~ $250,000

Over 10,000+- Square Foot heated building with updated remodel & addition. City water and sewer to this building and several large overhead doors. The access is great and a finished railroad spur line to this property may be available.

3+ Acres on Hwy 2 & Airport Road $99,000 3.1 Acres +/- commercial zoned! Highway 2 frontage and Airport Road access. Just down the street from WalMart and Kmart. With seller finance possible, Realtor owned

300 Acre Bear Paw Ranch

Bear Paw Mountain Ranch with streams, springs, trees and waist high grass on 300+- Acres. This little bit of heaven borders Hill County's Beaver Creek Park. $1,500 per Acreage

Bad Lands Car Wash ~ 413 2nd Street $150,000 Downtown car wash, building & car wash on 2 downtown city lots. This is a nice little cash cow.

519 3rd Street ~ $255,000

This property is the past site of the Havre Concrete Block sales and brick yard. Consisting of 6 +- Acres, office, two large truck bays with nice overhead doors and tons of inside storage.

Amazing 14 plex that really shows pride of ownership. With a great location, great price and great curb appeal. New roof done in Sep 2013. The income this property can produce will amaze you. Contact Edward Ruff for your private showing or for more information.

36+ Acres in town on Water Tank Road $69,700

1+ Acre on 2nd Street West $18,500

829 6th Street North ~ $125,000

This acreage is 36.7+- acres in the city. Very seldom do you find acreage inside the city limits at a price too good to pass up.

This is a great lot at a great price. Acreage of 1.3+- acres on West 2nd Street almost right downtown.

ince Woodwick Vince Woodwick is an important part of Havre. Twice the Havre native has moved away — once to Lincoln, Neb., for a decade — but he has returned to be an active participant in the community he loves. BY JOHN KELLEHER

“It’s the people,” he said of the Hi-Line. But Vince — who has a wife, Debbie, a son, Nathan, who is a cook at Andy's in Havre, and a daughter, Sherri, who lives in Lincoln, Neb. — has paid the community back several times over. He founded the annual Fourth of July community picnic that attracts more than

a thousand people to Pepin Park. He works with youth on a variety of art projects. He is working with six young people in painting a mural on the wall of the Havre-Hill County Library. And he is working on a project to track the history of many small cemeteries that dot Hill County's rural landscape.

In 2002, he and his brother, Allen “Woody” Woodwick, had what they thought was a simple idea. Woody is a musician, and he thought it would be a good idea to get the community together on July 4, jam a little bit and eat some food. The next year, somebody donated a half a beef for the festivities. That attracted more people. Soon hundreds, then thousands of people started attending the gathering. Vince said health problems are forcing him to hand over the organizing of the picnic to others, though he will be around to help out. He looks back with pride and laughter at the work he’s done over the years. As things developed in the early years of the picnic, he recalled, “Woody took on the bands part of it, and I took on the barbecue side of things.” Feeding that many people was quite a task. “It starts around March,” he said of the planning stage. He went around to businesses asking for money or products that can be raffl ed off for gifts. Different busi-

nesses donate food, and lots of people offer small donations to help fi nance the event. “It runs on a lot of $20, $30 and $40 donations,” he said. The hardest part in the early years, he said, was convincing people that he and Woody alone were running the event. “People would say ‘what group is running it,’” he recalled. “I’d say my brother and me,” he said. “Yes, but who’s running it?” they’d inquire. Vince shies away from taking too much credit for the picnic. “I just put it together,“ he said. “The volunteers do the work.” Every year, people just show up to do work, he said. • • • • Vince has always loved kids, but he wasn’t sure he was the one who should be working with them. The kids proved him wrong. Vince said he has always been an artist and often will donate a piece of


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his work for benefit auctions. He did that for Jessica Nivens, a Havre girl suffering from health issues. At the benefit, Jessica fell in love with Vince’s drawing. She said she wanted to buy it, but her mother wouldn’t let her. “Well, you’re not supposed to be buying things at your own benefit,” Vince said, but he quickly did another drawing, drove to Jessica’s house and gave it to her. That was the beginning of a long friendship. Before long, he was teaching young people, Jessica and two other Havre Middle School students, at a program through HavreHill County Library. He applied for a small grant and got it. Soon more students were taking part in the drawing program. Then the librarian at the time decided that the meeting room was too bare. It needed some of the drawings to adorn the walls, so the group went to work. Today, their drawings are on the walls. He started displaying students’ work in the library's meeting room. Students often say their work isn’t good enough to be displayed, he said. But, he add-

ed, he is amazed at the great work that students do, and the young people need to know how good they are.

This area is so full of talent and so full of history. Vince Woodwick, Community Member

The artwork is displayed for two-month periods, and there is a backlog of several months, he said. The latest library project involves painting a mural on the lower-level wall. Six students are taking part in the project, he said. They meet each week with lots of paint and get to work. They work hard, laugh and have a good time, he said. Teaching life skills to students is as im-

portant as teaching how to draw, he said. “I don’t teach them art, I just teach them not to give up.” He also helped out at Havre High School. Teacher Char Sticka asked him to teacher old-style calligraphy to her art students. Reluctant, he had to be convinced. “I really enjoyed it,” he said, “although at first I was very apprehensive.” His love of kids is as important as his love of art, he said. “I’ve tried to teach adults, but it just didn’t work out,” Vince said. He is a volunteer with the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump, where he also works with children, demonstrating the ancient method of heating water with hot stones. •••• Vince’s mother was born and raised in Simpson, a tiny hamlet in northern Hill County. A brother of Vince's was born stillborn before he could be baptized. According to Catholic tradition at the time, he could not be buried in the sanctified St. John’s Cemetery. Instead, he was buried just outside the continued on page 17

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cemetery limits. Years later, the diocese extended the cemetery limits to include the area where his brother was buried. Vince wanted to find out just where his brother’s body was interred. He called in the experts who located two bodies of young people very close to each other. He could never determine just which was his brother, but the experience prompt ed him to get more involved in the local history that can be uncovered in small cemeteries in rural parts of the county. Many people were buried on their own property, often on the backside of the farm, he said. Others were interred in small community cemeteries. Sometimes, people have discovered bodies buried in a wheat field, he said. Some date back as far as 1875, he said. In those days, there was no requirement that burials be documented, so in many cases, no one knows who

Woodwick offers tips to Meldrum while working on the library mural.

was buried where. No documentation was mandated until the 1980s. “Montana was pretty much behind the times,” he said. “People could be buried anywhere, though most people were not.” He has examined cemeteries in Goldstone, Simpson, Cottonwood and Miller, a small community not far from Wild Horse. Vince’s pride in his hometown is evident as he talks about Havre. “This area is so full of talent and so full of history,” he said. “And people don’t realize it.” He wants to develop the talents of young people in the artistic field, and he wants to preserve the area’s rich history. His cemetery project is part of keeping history alive, but he said he is only a small part, “People like Keith Doll and Emily Mayer, they are my heroes,” he said.

Woodwick works on the library's mural.


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hristmas is over, but January still offers a three-for-one special for winter fishing enthusiasts. The Fresno Ice Derby makes a good excuse to get outdoors for a weekend of ice fishing, as well as providing an opportunity to win some money and helping to raise money for local agriculture scholarships.

The fishing derby is set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, at Fresno Reservoir, about 14 miles west of Havre, north off U.S. Highway 2 at The Walleye Tavern, which is about 12 miles out from the city. While the derby will run for two days, people can fish either one or both days, as desired. The cost is $25 per contestant per day, and 80 percent of each day’s total entries are paid out to first through third place for that day’s longest fish in each category: walleye, northern pike, and perch and crappie. Because the prize money is dependent on the number of entrants, the payout varies, said Chuck Wimmer, member of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ag Committee which puts on the yearly event, but last year’s derby paid out $400-500 to the winners in each category. While this is the third annual Ice Derby at Fresno, the competition started at the reservoir in Beaver Creek Park several years ago, Wimmer said. The move to Fresno came after a few years of too-warm weather at the park’s higher elevation making the ice too dangerous for the derby. Wimmer said that the Ice Derby usually attracts 80 to 90 contestants, depending on the year, and last year their numbers included 30 people from out of the area. The derby is advertised through the

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Chamber, with information being sent to all Montana chamber offices, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks posting the derby information as well, he added.

It’s just a fun day, and when you’re done everybody goes back to The Walleye Tavern — that’s where they measure the fish. Chuck Wimmer, member of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce's Ag Committee

The organizers would like to get the entry number up to 120 to 130, he said, and they hope that having more consistent ice, along with the high rate of payout and the family-friendly atmosphere, will help the

competition grow to those numbers. “It’s just a fun day, and when you’re done everybody goes back to The Walleye Tavern — that’s where they measure the fish. You got a warm place to warm up, they have food there and beverages there for kids and adults,” Wimmer said. All the proceeds from the 20 percent office fee help fund two scholarships for Montana State University-Northern students enrolled in an agriculture program. “We try to give out two $1,000 per year scholarships,” Wimmer said, adding that the Fresno Ice Derby and the annual fall Ag Banquet are the only fundraisers the committee holds for the scholarships. “It’s kind of a nice little deal for a college student to pick up a $1,000 dollar scholarship for a year,” he said. “We try to tell the advisors that these scholarships go to kids that need it … ,” he said. “They don’t have to be a straight-A student, but the person that deserves it — they’re working, they’re going to school, they’re trying, but some people struggle. It’s to the person in need. “It’d be nice to see a lot of people out there,” he added. Signup for the fishing derby – which continued on page 21 H AV R E D A I LY N E W S

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costs $25 per contestant per day to enter – is going on now. Interested ice fishers can get an entry form at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce at 130 5th Ave. or go online to and print out the form. Entry forms and payments can be dropped off at the Chamber office or mailed in. For more information, call 265-4383.

Fresno Ice Derby Details • Saturday, Jan. 25, and/or Sunday, Jan. 26 • Cost: $25/contestant, $15 late entry fee • Entry deadline is noon on January 25 • Times: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday • Measuring: Fish length must be measured at The Walleye Tavern within a half-hour after derby closing time each day. • Payouts: Pays top three longest fish in each category. Payout is determined by number of entries that day. • Categories: Walleye, northern pike, and perch or crappie • Regulations: All contestants must follow state of Montana fishing laws.

About the Regulations Fresno Ice Derby organizer Chuck Wimmer said that the rules for the derby are simple with measuring and payout at the end of each day, but one of the important things for contestants is to follow Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regulations. All fishing derby contestants will need a state of Montana fishing license, which comes with a conservation tag, said Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 Sgt. Shane Reno. Beyond that, Reno said, there are some basic regulations which include being able to have up to six fishing lines in the water at a time and keeping to the fish limits: • 5 walleye • 10 northern pike • no limit on perch • 15 crappie Spearfishing is allowed, said Wimmer. Fishing regulations are available when purchasing the license from any Montana license agent and online at

Havre Daily News file photo Top: Cody Strunk participates during the 2013 Fresno Ice Derby. Previous Page: Grant Briggs waits for a bite during the 2013 derby.


No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread

Virtually Idiot-Proof Artisan Bread If you are looking for a no-brainer, homemade bread to wow company, try this user-friendly bread recipe. I am far from being a bread-making expert, but I’ve been following this recipe for two years and have yet to have a failure. The bread’s flavor, texture and weight is similar to a ciabatta bread with a hearty crust. It goes well with soups and stews, in hearty sandwiches, especially grilled, or as a desserty snack of butter and honey. 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 1/2 tsp salt Cornmeal, wheat bran or flour for dusting

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In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the fl our and salt, stirring until blended. The dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at least 8 hours, preferably 12 to 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees. (If your house is drafty or you keep it cooler, put bowl up high, away from an exterior wall and windows, like on

top of the refrigerator.) The dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly fl our a work surface and place dough on it. Sprinkle dough with a little more fl our and fold it over on itself once or twice. Do not knead dough. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest for about 15 minutes. While waiting, lay a clean dish towel on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Generously coat dish towel with cornmeal, wheat bran or fl our. Using just enough fl our to keep the dough from sticking to your fi ngers, gently shape dough into a ball by gathering the edges together. Put the seam side of the dough down on the towel and dust dough with more cornmeal, wheat bran or fl our. Cover with another clean towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 continued on page 24 January 2014


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to 2 hours. When it’s ready, the dough will have doubled in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a fi nger. At least 20 minutes before the dough is ready, heat oven to 475 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy, covered pot or pan (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in the oven as it heats. When the dough is ready, carefully remove the pot from the oven and lift off the lid. Slide your hand under the towel and turn the dough over into the pot, seam side up. The dough will lose its shape a bit in the process, but that’s OK. Give the pot a fi rm shake or two to help distribute the dough evenly, but don’t worry if it’s not perfect; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until the loaf is browned. Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool on a rack for at least 1 hour before slicing.

PHASE 1 The mixed dough

PHASE 2 The bubbly surface after the first rise

PHASE 3 Dusting with flour before folding dough over on itself

TIPS: • If you're used to the firmness of most bread doughs, this dough will seem like a gloopy mess when you get the ingredients mixed together, and even after it raises it will be stickier and wetter than regular bread dough. Do not be alarmed. This is how it is supposed to look. • Most baking experts say weighing flour is more accurate than measuring by the cup, but this recipe is very tolerant of variations in moisture (more or less flour), so don’t worry if your dough turns out a little different from batch to batch. • If, for some reason, your dough

doesn't double in size during the second rise-period, bake it anyway. It will just turn out like a heavier, European bread. • Cornmeal is my favorite dusting for the dough, but they’re all messy at that moment when you flip that ball of dough into the pre-heared pot.

PHASE 4 Dusted with cornmeal and ready for second rise

• I use an old cast-iron Dutch oven which is not as well-seasoned as it should be for its years as a cooking implement, still, I have never had the bread stick despite the recipe not calling for a greased pot. Resist the urge to grease whatever baking container you use.

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BY PAM BURKE In the photo below, Bob Patera of Havre is enjoying some time spent cross-country skiing in Beaver Creek Park in March. Chad Edgar, park manager at Beaver Creek, said recently that, while quite a few people come to the park to ride snowmobiles in the winter, only a handful of people cross-country ski and snowshoe out there. “Generally, we’ll get some

cross-country skiers at the south end of the park,” Edgar said, where the hillsides are more open and rolling. He said he has seen evidence of skiers and snow shoers having traveled through campsites and along the Bear Paw Nature Trail, too. To use the park for winter sports, people need a day pass or a seasonal pass. Through the end of April, day passes cost $7 for

Hill County residents, $10 for nonresidents, and seasonal cost $30 for Hill County residents, $45 nonresidents, and are good May 1 through April 30 each season. To purchase a pass for Beaver Creek Park, contact Edgar at 395-4565 or the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce at 2654383, or ask at a Havre sporting goods store if they are available there.

Photo by Lindsay Brown


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Great office, restaurant, or clinic space available with parking lot and signage. Great commercial building on HWY 2 downtown Havre. This building has a full basement with his and her bathrooms and one other bathroom upstairs.

1530 US Hwy 2 E

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