City of Choteau News Highlights from 1991-93
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"Summarized from the Choteau Acantha Newspaper with its permission by Nancy Thornton, Choteau, Montana. All rights reserved." Copyright 2013-present by Nancy Thornton. This file may be freely copied for non-profit purposes.
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Compiled by Nancy Thornton with the cooperation of Choteau Acantha 5/27/13.

1/1/91 CHS students sponsor support rally for Gulf War soldiers. Desert Storm soldiers also supported.

Project PRIDE, a rural economic development program created for Teton County and Augusta, emphasizing expanding tourism trade. PRIDE is Planning for a Rural, Independent, Diversified Economy.

Mid January Forest Service picks Choteau as one of six finalists for a pilot rural economic development program.

May 1991. Business opening include Choteau Trading Post in the former IGA building on Main Street. Les and Carol Arensmeyer open Hitching Rail inside, a western wear store.

Sylvia and Ottis Bryan open Montana Specialties, a boutique.

A third entity, Bullwacker restaurant, opens, with Leslie Kesler of Bynum, owner.

Early May 1991. E.P. Ekegren Equipment Co. sold to Conrad Implement, Pete and Carol Ekegren sell after 24 years, but remain working there.

Late October 1991. Jensen's Gift Shop/ floral greenhouse sold to Ottis and Sylvia Bryan.

Dorothy Cook and Vicki Jennings bought Kids' Zone from Valerie Jenson, renamed it Tots 2 Teens, and relocated the business in the remodeled Choteau Bakery building.

Joe and Lila Pearson remodel the former Main Street Antiques, 204 N. Main, and rename it Pearson Interiors.

Teton Trail Village welcomed Jesse Gleason Art Studio. A second life-sized dinosaur placed there in summer.

Montana Power Co. closed its Choteau city office over widespread opposition, saying it would save $30,000 per year.

May 1991. Heavy rains inflict $115,000 damage to roads and bridges along front.

CHS volleyball team for the second year won the state Class B championship.

Teton Medical Center Foundation's three year fundraiser began in earnest and by the end of the year totaled $312,764 in cash and pledges.

Census shows county population decline 3.4 percent to 6,271 and Choteau's decreased by 3.1 percent.

4/26/91 A.B. “Bud” Guthrie Jr., 90, died at his home west of Choteau.

Compiled by Nancy Thornton with the cooperation of the Choteau Acantha 5/27/13.

January 1992. John Buck and Ray Noyd are sworn in as members of the Choteau City Council, replacing longtime members Denny Perry and Jessie White.
The Northern Montana Joint Refuse Disposal District receives its landfill license from the state and prepares to open its new system in July for the city of Choteau and elsewhere.
Taxpayers voice their opposition to increased Choteau school taxes and new school building plans.

February 1992. Choteau Performing Arts Consortium artist showcase held in Choteau. Seventh grade to move into high school joining eighth grade starting in fall. Central library created in open space created.

March 1992. Anderson-Elerding Travel Agency closes its doors.
School district proposes two levies, $125,000 for elementary and $275,000 for high school to be raised during five years.
Bob and Nance Schwartz of Dutton purchase John Henry's restaurant and The Corral in Choteau and expand the eatery into the former clothing store.
CHS volleyball team winds third consecutive state Class B championship.
Augusta Superintendent Rick Ripley replaces retiring Choteau Superintendent “Ervin “Jake” Ketterling.

April 1992. Taxpayers vote down a $58,704 annual levy for each of two years that was set to fund a new boiler at Teton Medical Center.
All Choteau school levy and bond issues fail.
Roger and Carol Kelly of Choteau open the Main Connection Travel Service in the former Anderson-Elerding offices.

May 1992. Rose Truchot is named the Choteau Senior Citizen of the year.
The second Choteau school levy election fails again. Third election set in mid June with reduced requests.
CHS principal Don Murray retires after 18 years.

June 1992. The NMJRDD landfill opens and the six container sites come on line. The Choteau landfill closes.

July 1992. Former Choteau resident John Maloney is hired as the new CHS principal.
The Choteau Jaycees have a sell-out crowd of 2,304 people at the outdoor Bellamy Bros./Suzy Bogguss concert on July 3.
Voters approve school levy.
Old High School estimate finds that renovating would cost $2.8 million.
Prominent Choteau rancher Chip McGillis is killed in a one-vehicle rollover south of Choteau on U.S. Highway 89.
Dr. Frank Sweeney and businessman Wes Boyden, both of California, are recognized for donating a third dinosaur statue to the Old Trail Museum, a maiasaura.

August 1992. Second damaging hailstorm hits after one week.
Pioneer Insurance-Insurance Unlimited opens in the former variety store building on main Avenue in Choteau.
Project PRIDE receives a $5,000 federal planning grant.
Aug. 22,23, freak snowstorm dumps several inches of wet snow on area.

September 1992. Choteau Postmaster Carol Jimenez retires.

October 1992. Dr. Tony Ham and PA Kelley Price announce they will no longer provide weekend ER coverage at TMC beginning in November. Hospital board seeks substitutes to share duty with Dr. Jim Schwedhelm.
Twin Service Co New Holland parts and service store closes.
Project PRIDE receives a $24,000 grant on behalf of Old Trail Museum.
Jackie Schlepp of Choteau opens a Custom Window Treatments business.
Carol Mollgaard opens Baby Raisin' Daycare in the New Song Assembly church building.

November 1992. Bill and Rosemary Davidson of Great Falls relocate their antique and second hand shop to Choteau, opening on Main Avenue in the former John Deere building.

December 1992. Jim Forrest sells the Neighborhood Grocery to his sister, Sydney MacIntyre.
Choteau City Superintendent Stan Brown to retire in March 1993.
Dr. Michael Robertson of Great Falls agrees to provide clinic and ER services as a TMC employee.
Bouma Wholesale Inc. suffers a fire resulting in a $400,000 to $500,000 loss.

Compiled by Nancy Thornton with the cooperation of the Choteau Acantha 5/28/13.

January 1993. City Council splits old superintendent position into two lower-level supervisors, the city foreman and the city clerk/treasurer. Longtime employees Earl Armstrong hired as foreman and Linda O'Loughlin as clerk/treasurer.
Andy Jensen closes his TV and appliance dealership.
Mary Sexton elected Choteau Chamber president.
Hospital board renegotiates its termination agreement with the management firm Health and Marketing West and hires Jay Pottenger, who has been an employee of the firm, as the hospital administrator.

February 1993. Northern Rodeo Assn. names Choteau American Legion Rodeo top rodeo of 1992.
City Council adopts ordinance to license domestic cats, prohibit cats running at large, and control strays.
Longtime Choteau piano teacher and community volunteer Marge Hanusa dies at age 88 of natural causes.
Hospital board closes fledgling clinic after Dr. Robertson said it is losing money and is not economic because of market size.

March 1993. Teton County celebrates 100-year anniversary. CHS volleyball team winds District 1B total and Divisional title.
Hospital Board wrestles with the problem of finding a way to provide ER physician coverage after agreements with a Great Falls doctor fall through.

April 1993. Coast to Coast owners Steve and Terrie Nylund hold an open house in their new location on Main Avenue South. The previous location was on the north end of Main Avenue.
Retired Highway Patrol officer Henry “Hank” Helf, 85, dies in a nighttime fire that severally damaged his home at 328 First Ave. NW. His wife Avis is rescued by firefighters.
Old Trail Museum board hires Melinda Livezey of Augusta as short-term curator of the museum.
Jim Forrest of Choteau, retired propriety of the Neighborhood Grocery, winds $5,000 in the Powerball lottery.
Roger Kelly, longtime Choteau Highway Patrol officer, retires from the force and begins working fulltime with his wife at Main Connection Travel Service.

May 1993.
Choteau High School implements the SIMM math program.
Sharon Laug opens Heartland Flowers, a greenhouse and bedding plant outlet at her rural home northeast of Choteau.
Alpine Touch with Mark Southard owner, relocates to Choteau and opens the spice manufacturing shop; Gov. Marc Racicot delivers Choteau High School graduation address.
W.S. West to sell Choteau telephone exchange to local cooperative.
Bill Obernolte selected Choteau Senior Citizen of the year.

June 1993. Dr. Tony Ham announces he will no longer provide obstetrical care due to insurance costs. Dave Segerstrom opens Montana Precision Golf at his home north of Choteau.
John and Marion Brandvold sell their interest in Teton Trail Village to the Old Trail Museum board and revamp the Rock Shop at Bynum.
Severe thunderstorm with 93 mph winds topples trees and stripes leaves off.

July 1993. July 4th celebration includes sold out concert. Relatives of Pierre Chouteau visit town, its namesake.
Golded Triangle Community mental Health Center office expands services.

August 1993. Study underway to consider relocating U.S. Highway 89 by Old Trail Museum to create a rest stop and dino complex.
Choteau Mayor Ray Hanson Jr. resigns after moving out of the city limits. The council appoints Roger Kelly, who has filed to run for election to the position.
Highway Commission agrees to fund relocation of Highway 89 to fund creation of a rest area.

September 1993. Dutton, Augusts and Choteau in football cooperative.
Retired legal secretary Beryl Clawson of Choteau winds $96,000 in the Montana Lottery with a ticket purchased at Rex's Food Farm.
Old High School building closed, condemned as unsafe because of boiler. District had been using its gym, wrestling room and classrooms.
Craig and Janie Zwerneman open Big Sky Bronze, a bronze art foundry in the former Andy's Appliance store.
Choteau residents form the Metis Cultural Recovery Trust project to research and record the heritage of the “mixed blood” people, descendants of French, Scottish and English trappers and Cree and Chippewa tribes.

October 1993. 3 Rivers Coop to offer small dish TV system to rural subscribers in 1994.

November 1993. Roger Kelly elected Choteau mayor.
Lions Club annual festival raises $3,367 for pool.
Billie Morris moves K-9 Grooming out of her hoe onto Main Avenue in the former Big Sky gas station.
PSC approved sale of the Choteau telephone exchange to 3 Rivers Telephone Coop.
Winds over 100 mph down poles and spark fire south of Choteau.
Council alleges that increased building on the north side of town will exacerbate the ongoing sewer problem. City applies for $200,00 loan for sewer renovation.
Downtown merchants finance new Christmas decorations on Main Avenue.
Choteau Activities to build new group home.
Council to develop a Wellhead Protection Plan using a $25,000 EPA grant.
Old Trail Museum makes plans to stay open year-around.

December 1993. Choteau Acantha moves office from next to post office where it had been since before 1927 to the former Zwerneman Mortuary at 216 First Ave. NW.
Prairie Mountain Players stages first dessert theater musical, “1940s Radio Hour” at CHS auditorium
Paul and Gina Beard purchase Pearson's Interiors from Joe and Lila Pearson, change name to Spring Creek Interiors and add new products to store.

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