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School, union begin contract negotiations

 By Kay Braddock

        As the one-year contract for salaries and benefits of the certified teaching staff at Terry Public Schools draws to a close, school trustees and union representatives have begun talks to negotiate a new agreement.

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Town purchases new garbage truck

 During the regular Feb. 9 Terry Town Council meeting, which extended to Feb. 10, council members approved the purchase of a new Peterbilt garbage truck. The $181,777 truck from Montana Peterbilt of Billings came in as the low bid of eight bids submitted with prices ranging as high as $210,774. 

Representatives offering bids attended the Feb. 9 evening meeting. 
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Three file for school trustee seats

  Three candidates, including two incumbents, have filed for the two open Terry Schools trustee positions. They are Jason Higgins, Brian Morast and Michael Sterchi.

The three-year seats are currently held by Morast, who serves as chairman of the board, and Higgins.
Higgins was the last of the three to file, turning in his petition during the March 22 regular school board meeting.
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Randall announces re-election bid for state representative seat

  “Montana's economic future and our individual liberties are under attack. Montana's legislature needs proven conservatives who will fight to restore our jobs, reduce the size of government and cut taxes,” said state Representative for house district 39 Lee Randall. “I have a proven record of defending our values and fighting powerful special interests, while others in Helena just pay lip service.”

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Filings for seats closes

 By Kay Braddock

        As filing closed Monday for the June 8 primary election, most incumbents seeking county seats are running unopposed. 

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Lincoln/Reagan Dinner messages concentrate on economy

By Kay Braddock 

        Prairie Community Center’s dining area was packed with Republican faithful during last week’s Lincoln/Reagan Dinner, where those seeking county, state and national seats spoke with the 50-plus attending. 

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County mails second easement notices

 By Kay Braddock

        Of the 159 public access requests for roads leading through deeded property, 79 signed easements have been returned, according to Prairie County roads rights-of-way project manager Gary Pfiefle. 

Second request notices are being mailed out to property owners who have yet to respond, while new requests have also been mailed. 
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Republicans name officers

  The Prairie County Republican Central Committee held their annual meeting March 7 at the conclusion of the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner.

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County officials look to resolve horse trespass complaint

  Prairie County Sheriff Bill Klunder and County Attorney Becky Convery weighed options with commissioners Monday morning on how best to handle a horse trespass complaint that was formally filed with the Sheriff’s office in June of 2008. It has been an ongoing issue since that time, according to Klunder. 

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MDT director responds to letters received on proposed bridgework

 By Kay Braddock

        Nearly 20 comments later, including three phone calls from state representatives, Montana Department of Transportation Director Jim Lynch confirmed last week that the proposed bridgework north of Terry may not require road closure.

“We’ve built a lot of bridges in the state where we haven’t had to close it to traffic,” Lynch said. 
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Poll

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