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  • Rusty Bucket Antiques hosting Flea Market

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 1, 2024

    There will be plenty of great shopping this Saturday in Three Forks, with Rusty Bucket Antiques hosting its first Flea Market of 2024. The Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the store located at 16 E. Cedar. Rusty Bucket owner Tina Tocci said people get really excited about the first Flea Market of the year, adding that at least 16 vendors will participate, many new to the event. "The first one of the year is always big," said Tocci. "People are ready... Full story

  • Column: Time flies after Lagoon trip

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 1, 2024

    While I try to be as efficient as possible during the workday, there are times when I spend far too much time scrolling through social media. At this point, I can tell myself repeatedly not to spend too much online because I'm not quite sure it's excellent for one's mental health, but I still do it more than I should. With my job, I always try to keep up with Three Forks School's social media accounts. The other day, I read about and saw pictures of the senior class stopping at Lagoon for their... Full story

  • Wolves Softball wins 2

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 1, 2024

    Not only did the Three Forks High School Softball team break out of a slump last week, but they did so in impressive fashion, with two double-digit victories. After opening a busy week on April 16 with a loss to Belgrade, Three Forks (9-4) concluded the week in style, breaking a four-game losing streak with a 13-1 road win on April 25 over Ennis and a 12-2 victory on April 26 at Anaconda. "I was very happy to see the girls bounce back after a tough stretch," Head Coach Clay Feliciano said.... Full story

  • Outwork someone today: Golfers continue to improve

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 1, 2024

    There have been plenty of positives of late as the Three Forks High School Golf team inches closer to the postseason. It was a tremendous day for the Wolves last Thursday in Ennis, led by senior standout and Southern Virginia University bound Ari Judd, who shot a career-low 78. According to Head Coach Aaron Harkins, the team continues to have some great days on the golf course. Harkins said the girls' team performed well at the tournament with Claire Van Vleet continuing to shoot lower and finis...

  • Noble sets school record, Three Forks excels in East Helena

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 1, 2024

    While neither the weather nor a change in schedule was ideal, the Three Forks High School Track and Field team once again shined on April 27 at East Helena. Another strong day of results was sparked by a fantastic performance by freshman Maya Noble, who set a school record of 9’ 0” in the pole vault and also auto-qualified for state in the high jump. “The team as a whole battled through a lot of confusion and the elements. It was quite unfortunate that they ended up switching up the schedule halfway through the meet, which really hinde...

  • Producer Partnership makes donation

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    There was fantastic news for the Three Forks and Willow Creek School Districts last week. On Thursday, April 18, the Producer Partnership delivered 931 pounds of top-quality USDA-inspected protein to Willow Creek and 1,185 pounds to Three Forks. The Cooper Hereford Ranch made the generous donations possible in an effort to put local beef in school lunch programs. "The Producer Partnership was founded in 2020 because of neighbors looking to help each other during Covid. The simple idea of... Full story

  • Bryon Fanning signs to run at Montana Tech

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    As a junior, Three Forks student-athlete Bryon Fanning finished in the top 10 at the Class B Cross Country State Meet, helping his team to back-to-back second-place finishes. Several months later, Fanning would finish the 2022-23 school year in style with two top-ten finishes at the State Track Meet in Butte, including fourth place in the 3200 meters. The outstanding junior campaign set the stage for what has been quite the senior season for Fanning, who finished third at the Class B State... Full story

  • LeDoux appears in district court, later makes $250,000 bail

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    In his initial court appearance on April 16, 23-year-old Alexander Norbert LeDoux pleaded not guilty to eight counts stemming from a fatal head-on collision that killed 22-year-old Laysa Grewell on January 4 on Interstate 90 near Three Forks. Appearing before Montana 18th Judicial Court District Peter Ohman, LeDoux pleaded not guilty to Vehicular Homicide While Under the Influence, Fleeing from or Eluding a Peace Officer, and six counts of Criminal Endangerment. Judge Ohman set the bail in the case at $250,000, and LeDoux was later booked into... Full story

  • Three Forks American Legion Post 93 hosting Flag Day Ceremony

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    Three Forks American Legion Post 93 is hosting a special ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, for the Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable United States Flags. Sergeant-At-Arms Thomas Willis gave a brief overview of the event, which will take place at Veterans Park in Three Forks starting at 8 p.m. and ending with the ceremony at 8:14 p.m. “The Post assembles outdoors at night. Members form two parallel rows about 20 feet apart, facing each other. Officers take up stations. A small fire is burning opposite the Commander and beyond the row of m... Full story

  • Wolves continue strong start to season

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    Despite less-than-ideal weather, the Three Forks High School Track and Field team had a great showing at last Saturday's Manhattan Christian Invitational in Bozeman. "It was incredibly cold, so the times don't indicate how well the team competed. They hammered down, battled through it, came out with respectable times, and held their own against a number of very competitive teams," Head Coach Dillon Gongliewski said. It was a strong start to the day for Three Forks junior Kylie Rowan, who... Full story

  • Great day for Wolf golfers at MCHS Invite in Bozeman

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    The Three Forks High School Golf team had an impressive day on April 16 at the Manhattan Christian Invitational at the Cottonwood Hills Golf Club in Bozeman. Head Coach Aaron Harkins said the Wolves had the lowest team total for the girls they have had in a while. They were led by Ari Judd, who finished second with an 81. Paige Lien and Claire Van Vleet shot 105, and Kennedy Rogers finished with a 108. “With scores like those, I think we have a great chance to make it back to the state tournament, so that is really promising,” Harkins said. On... Full story

  • Three Forks High School and Junior High Rodeo this week

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    It's once again time for the annual Three Forks High School and Junior High Rodeo. This year's two one-day rodeos at the Three Forks Rodeo Grounds are scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. and Sunday, April 28, at 8 a.m. Events at Montana High School Rodeo Association-sponsored rodeos will include barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, team roping, calf roping, ribbon roping, bull riding, bareback, saddle bronc, steer riding, goat tying, and steer wrestling. THREE FORKS NRA RODEO W... Full story

  • Column: Record release day just isn't the same

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    I’ve probably forgotten more about high school than I remember, but last week reminded me of a vivid memory from the first semester of my senior year. From the moment my friend Paul loaned me his CD of the Pearl Jam album “Ten,” I fell in love with the band. I was elated earlier this year when I not only found out they would be making a return trip for a concert in Missoula but also that they would be releasing their 12th studio album on April 19. While impatiently awaiting to hear more than the two songs they have released from “Dark Matter,... Full story

  • Wolves steak ends at 7, look to rebound during busy week of action

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    The Three Forks High School Softball team will look to get back into the win column with a busy week of action. After opening the week by hosting Belgrade on April 23, the Wolves will travel to play Ennis on April 25 before returning home to wrap up the week with a game against Anaconda on April 26. Three Forks, which had opened the season with seven straight wins, were defeated for the first time last week. The Wolves would build a 7-4 lead after three innings on April 16 against Manhattan... Full story

  • Three Forks Tennis shines at Simms Sing and Swing

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    The Three Forks High School Tennis team had fantastic results at last week's Simms Sing and Swing Invitational. On the first day of action on April 19, the Wolves won six of seven singles matches, and another four in doubles play. Number one singles player Malia Eriksson won 6-4, 6-3 over Gabby Baker of Poplar and 6-2, 6-2 over Tanna Erickson of Wolf Point. At number two singles, Ali Kotter had a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hailey Greyhawk of Wolf Point. Sophie Meskimen had two wins at number three... Full story

  • All-American: Venyss Steingruber places at U.S. Marine Corps Women's National Championships

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    While she may only be in the fifth grade at Three Forks Elementary School, to say that Venyss Steingruber's wrestling resume is already strong might be an understatement. Steingruber earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the 12U 112-pound division earlier this month at the 2024 U.S. Marine Corps Women's National Championships in Spokane. This was her second straight All-American accolade at the prestigious USA Wrestling event after finishing sixth place in her fourth-grade... Full story

  • Buchignani helps Rocky to third place finish at Nationals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 24, 2024

    A few weeks before her high school graduation in May of 2023, Reagan Buchignani signed to continue her cheer career at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. It was quite the freshman season for the Three Forks High School graduate who helped the Battlin' Bears to a third-place finish at this month's National Cheerleading Association (NCA) National Championships in Daytona, Florida. Buchignani said being part of the squad that finished third in the Advanced All-Girl NAIA competition was amazing.... Full story

  • Spring Rummage Sale this month

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    The Three Forks United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale will take place later this month. The popular local event at the Church Annex is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, to Saturday, April 27. Volunteers will be accepting donations on April 20, 22, and 23. The event will start on Thursday, April 25, with a Moonlight Madness Sale scheduled from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, will kick off with the Rummage Sale scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Half Price Sale set for 3 p.m. to 7...

  • Rogers signs to wrestle at Western Colorado University

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    In February, Three Forks High School senior wrestler Cole Rogers put an exclamation point on his storied prep career with a third consecutive state title. While his time competing as Wolf may have ended, he is far from finished on the mat. Rogers signed a letter of intent last week to compete at the collegiate level for Western Colorado University in Gunnison. Prior to a signing ceremony in front of a packed audience of family, coaches, teammates, friends, and supporters, Rogers discussed the... Full story

  • Column: It's once again time for grilling season

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    While I was thrilled to pull the cover off the pellet grill a few days ago, I was disgusted for completely overlooking cleaning late last fall. We were in the process of moving, so there was a lot to do, and spending a few minutes tidying up the grill was not high on my list of priorities, although it probably should have been. Once I spent time making a mess of myself, including my face, the front door, and into the kitchen, I was finally ready to cook outside for the first time since October.... Full story

  • Wolves excel in Livingston

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    It was an outstanding second tournament of the season for the Three Forks High School Golf team, with a multitude of Wolves shining at last Thursday’s Livingston Invite. According to Head Coach Aaron Harkins, every player matched or beat their scores from the opening week, with two Wolves setting personal bests. Harkins said Ari Judd shot an 87 for the Lady Wolves, which was good for second place, Claire Van Vleet carded her career low of 104, Paige Lien had a 110, and Kennedy Rogers finished w... Full story

  • Another excellent week for TFHS Tennis

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    It was another great week of results for the Three Forks High School Tennis team. The Wolves opened the week on April 9 in Helena with matches against Choteau, Simms, and East Helena. In varsity action, the number one doubles team of Maddie Griffiths and Karin Williams picked up a win and the number two team of Claire Cutler and Mikayla Lear won two matches. In number one singles action, Malia Eriksson had one win and won one of two sets in another match, and at number two singles, Ali Kotter... Full story

  • Three Forks Track and Field excels at meets in Washington, Belgrade

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    With three weeks of competition under their belts, Three Forks High School Track and Field Head Coach Dillon Gongliewski feels the entire program is not only exceeding expectations but having fun while doing it. "We as coaches are just so ecstatic that we not only have a talented team but that we have a fun team. Ending every practice before a meet with a friendly competition between event groups has been one of the key early highlights of the season. It's important to keep it fun for the... Full story

  • Three Forks softball wins five to move to 7-0

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 17, 2024

    The Three Forks High School Softball team continued its torrid start to the season with five wins last week to improve their record to 7-0. The Wolves opened the week on April 9 with 17 hits on their way to a 27-8 victory over visiting Anaconda. Three Forks Head Coach Clay Feliciano said Maycee Church, AdaRae Thomas, Nova Ervin, and Karlie McDermott had three hits in the 19-run victory. Church and Thomas led the team with 4 RBIs. Feliciano added Thomas got into the pitching circle for the first... Full story

  • MDT opens Headwaters Rest Area

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 10, 2024

    The Montana Department of Transportation officially opened the Headwaters Rest Area on US 287 near Three Forks on Friday, April 5. In a release, MDT Interim Director Larry Flynn discussed the opening. "MDT appreciates the public's patience as this project took longer than expected," said Flynn. "This has been a long process. We look forward to opening the Headwaters Rest Area to better serve the needs of the traveling public." While this may have been positive news for travelers, the journey to... Full story

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