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  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Jul 10, 2024

    We know everyone loves a good garage sale. You'll need some time to get ready for this one. 150 miles long??? Jeeze Louise.... https://www.treasuresontheprairiemt.com...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Jun 19, 2024

    World War II Disaster in Our County On Dec 30, 1942 a B17 bomber, commonly known as the 'Flying Fortress', crashed about 10 miles south of Musselshell. There were eleven men that perished, according to one report. Another report mentions twelve. This plane was on a training flight out of the Great Falls Army Air Corps base. While flying over Melstone, the aircraft caught fire for an undetermined reason. Shortly thereafter, it went out of control, dove into the ground, and crashed on the slope...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Jun 12, 2024

    The first of the summer's 'Market on Main' events last week got under way with sunny skies and a respite from the wind. Youth Cares offered free mug painting for Father's Day gifts. A wide variety of vendors showed their wares. Join the fun next month. Watch Facebook for updates. Rain, sun and long days equal wonderful gardens around town. That old bank building on Main Street got new windows recently. Come to the Musselshell Valley Historical Museum and read about the history of this old...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Jun 5, 2024

    As we finally get some good weather and get out into nature, are you aware of this new requirement? Last year's Montana Legislative Session saw many bills signed by Governor Gianforte. One bill was House Bill #521. Beginning July of 2023, everyone and anyone who recreates on state lands will be required to purchase a Montana Conservation License to access many sites previously open with few restrictions to the public. That includes people launching a boat, enjoying a hike, bird watching,...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|May 22, 2024

    Memorial Day - the unofficial start of Summer. Get outside and enjoy the sun while you can! Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Parades are common on this day. Since 1868, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has held annual Memorial Day parades which it claims to be the nation's oldest continuously running. The annual "Pig-Nic" is...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|May 8, 2024

    The Senior Kitchen MCCOA underwent some changes recently. I sat down with Tracy Moody and Natalie Hazleton to discuss what's been going on over there. Tracy came onto the scene in December, 2023. Natalie has been working at MCCOA for some years. Now Ashley Blackcrow Craig recently became the kitchen's cook. Musselshell County Council on Aging is separate from the Golden Thimble and the Food Bank. Although all three share common areas, they are really separate services. MCCOA concentrates on...

  • School Board Election

    Norma Trent|May 1, 2024

    1.When hiring teachers, some administrators consistently prioritize athletic coaching over teaching ability. How would you react if our school superintendent did that? We hire teachers if they can coach, great. I don’t hire someone to coach if perhaps they can teach. We have a hard enough time hiring teachers. 2. Relative to other schools, does our public school have trouble hiring and retaining good teachers? This is an endemic problem throughout the state. People are getting out of the education field, and perhaps the lower salary schedule d...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|May 1, 2024

    Two more new signs sprouted up lately. 1st Security Bank and Big Sky Motel are both sporting new signs. 1st Security updated their reader board sign to a new color model. Per Shawn Dutton, the old sign had been in place for over 20 years, and parts to fix it were impossible to find. At the same time, the sign on the building face was updated to LED lighting and a newer brighter color. LED lights also were installed in the parking lot. A nice upgrade! Another good look on Main Street came to the...

  • An April Aberration

    Norma Trent|May 1, 2024

    Did you know this April had more than a whole week full of palindrome dates? What? That means, the same read from right to left, or from left to right. April 20, 2024 (4-20-24) April 21, 2024 (4-21-24) April 22, 2024 (4-22-24) April 23, 2024 (4-23-24) April 24, 2024 (4-24-24) April 25, 2024 (4-25-24) April 26, 2024 (4-26-24) April 27, 2024 (4-27-24) April 28, 2024 (4-28-24)...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Apr 24, 2024

    Roundup's First Welcome Center! This is a big deal everyone. Our new kiosk will help visitors find their way around our little part of Montana. So if you think that welcome kiosk is not important, think again. We should love tourists and the money they bring to our beautiful part of Montana. Tourism in Montana generated $5.45 billion last year. Tourism also brought down your average tax burden by an estimated $930. Thanks to all who helped make this welcome center project a success! (The...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Apr 17, 2024

    Those Wayfinding Signs! Wayfinding signs - another joint effort of the Montana Main Street project as designed by Roundup resident Morgan Belveal. These signs point people to different attractions, important and historic buildings in town. They also point tourists and out-of-towners to important natural attractions. Johnny Chavez, Pronto Construction, and Morgan were instrumental in placing these signs in very specific intersections. Johnny of Pronto Construction generously donated part of his c...

  • Seen Around Town

    Norma Trent|Apr 10, 2024

    Seen Around Town New Shopping on Main That vacant space at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Main Street? It's now filled. Tonia and Urban Bencomo opened 'Chanel's Little Bit of Everything' just the other day. The front window is an eye-catcher. Tonia will be selling her refurbished furniture. Then together with Urban, and other family members, will offer new and gently used items for sale. They are not taking donations of used items, as they do not consider this a thrift store. Store hours are in...

  • A Talk with the Mayor

    Norma Trent|Apr 3, 2024

    When the notice came out about an upcoming June election, I felt a need to understand a little more about what this election was about, and why an election is necessary. Mayor Sandra Jones recently took some time out of her busy day to explain a few facts to me about the election. As per the Montana Constitution, every ten years municipalities must vote on the type of government they wish for their town or city. There are choices and, as the Mayor pointed out, change is good and sometimes...

  • Book Reading

    Norma Trent|Mar 27, 2024

    The Friends of the Library hosted local author Thomas Thackeray at the library on St.Patrick's Day. He entertained listeners with readings from his latest book, "A Complete Idiot's Guide to Being Wonderful". This collection of poems by the retired Roundup High School English teacher is his second book. "Treading Air and Other Stories" was published in 2022. Tom stated he wrote this collection of poems over a period of over 25 years. The poems are thoughtful, emotional, funny and sombre. Some...

  • New Owners for 'The Back Porch'

    Norma Trent|Mar 27, 2024

    The new owner of 'The Back Porch' sat down with me and discussed the plans going forward. Anthony Buich and his wife Tayler are no strangers to the restaurant and hospitality field. Anthony and Tayler owned a restaurant in Monterey, CA before moving with their children to Roundup a few years ago. Anthony's father owns a restaurant, the 'Tadich Grill', located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. 'Tadich Grill' is the oldest, continuously run restaurant in California, and third oldest in the United States. He wants to assure the...

  • Help our Veterans

    Norma Trent|Mar 20, 2024

    I caught up with Linda Kane and her dog, Muttley, the other day to chat about her walk for 'Stop Soldier Suicide'. Linda and her furry friend are walking a mile a day during March to benefit soldiers that suffer from PTSD and other mental health issues that could lead to taking their own lives. Of her $200 goal for March, she reached that number earlier than expected thanks to the generosity of donors.. You can go to stopsoldiersuicide.org and donate directly to that organization. Or head over t...

  • Big Dig

    Norma Trent|Mar 20, 2024

    Nothing gets attention like that big hole in the ground at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Main Street in Roundup. Once the site of a gas station, it now has a 20 foot deep hole. A leaky diesel storage tank in the past caused the DEQ, the Department of Environmental Quality, to dig up a lot of contaminated dirt on Tuesday last. Previous owners had to pay monies to the Superfund of the Federal Government to help foot this cleanup. Superfund is the trust fund set up by Congress to handle emergency...

  • The Latest Dirt in Roundup

    Norma Trent|Mar 13, 2024

    When was the last time you were excited about dirt? Belinda Cameron, along with the other eight employees at Roundup Hardware and Ranch, are all excited about dirt, spring and all things hardware. Spring is coming and the store is getting ready for their busy season. Belinda is the new manager at the hardware store. She is in the midst of currently overseeing a reset of the store with new shelving, new products, and eventually a remodeling of the entire space. Belinda moved to Roundup in 2019...

  • The American Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous

    Norma Trent|Mar 6, 2024

    The American Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous is a three day cultural festival held annually in Lewiston, MT. The festival is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history, heritage and values of the cowboy lifestyle of the Upper Rocky Mountain West. About 100 cowboy poets, western musicians and artists from all over the US and Canada will convene to share their talent and perpetuate traditions of the American West. This year's festival will be held August 8-11. This year they are encouraging the involvement of youth...

  • Last Saturday Evening Roundup Again Enjoyed Free Gospel Music Plus Free Food at Winter Gospel 3.0

    Norma Trent|Feb 28, 2024

    Local resident Scott Praye first envisioned the Winter Gospel concerts back in 2021. While watching gospel music videos one Saturday afternoon, he thought of a free gospel concert. He tossed about the idea over a few months, and eventually gave Roundup the Winter Gospel event in 2022. It proved so successful he repeated it in 2023. And again this year Roundup was treated to an evening of gospel tunes. More than 75 citizens of all ages enjoyed gospel music from a wide variety of artists, all...

  • The Free Vision Clinic Held on February 16 Was a Great Success.

    Norma Trent|Feb 21, 2024

    We wish to thank Better Vision,Better Hope.org and Northern Treasures Mercantile. Their help made it possible for seventy-three Musselshell County residents of all ages to obtain free vision screening exams. Some for the first time in years! Thanks also to all volunteers that helped to make this possible. M.Thomas Miller, O.D. and Eye Clinic Surgicenter staff Dr. Oswald Rondon Roundup SDA church...

  • Montana - FBI - Scams

    Norma Trent|Jan 31, 2024

    The FBI and the State of Montana arrived in Montana on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 to inform everyone of several scams currently bilking everyone out of thousands of dollars. Three representatives spoke at the Musselshell County Community Commons to a crowd of over 50 gathered for the senior meal, then again at Homes on the Range for several of the residents in their meeting space. Blair Stapleton, Montana Investor Education and Public Outreach Coordinator; Rebecca Leary, FBI Community Outreach...

  • Community Coffee With Mayor Sandra Jones

    Norma Trent|Jan 31, 2024

    Roundup Community Partners welcomed Mayor Sandra Jones to a Community Coffee discussion at the Musselshell County Senior on the evening of January 22, 2024 regarding Roundup's growth policy. Also in attendance were Musselshell County Commissioners Mike Goffena and Mike Turley, real estate appraiser Gary Barta, and Cody Marxer from Great West Engineering. Ms. Marxer gave a detailed explanation of the city's growth policy, which includes housing planning and is separate from any plans for the...

  • Northern Treasures Invites You to Their Re-Branding Celebration

    Norma Trent|Oct 13, 2021

    Come join us as we celebrate our re-branding! Northern Treasures will now be known as Northern Treasures Mercantile. Join us Friday, October 15 at 10 AM for the grand reopening red ribbon cutting. Mayor Sandra Jones will join owner/manager Cheri Tate, along with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Roundup Community Partners. After the ceremony, come into the store to enjoy some fall treats and 50% all items in the store. We are open from 10 AM to 5 PM. The festivities continue...