Belfry, MT

Yellowstone flooding leaves uncertainty for farmers and ranchers

Billings Gazette BILLINGS – The recent flooding along the Yellowstone River has left major questions for Montana’s largest industry. Lost equipment and livestock on top of rising diesel, fertilizer and seed prices have put Carbon County farmers and ranchers in tougher-than-usual circumstances while looking at the months ahead. Rancher Scott Fleur owns land next to...
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Joy Hill, Director of Planning and Zoning for Park County

Joy Hill and Kim Dillivin from Planning and Zoning for Park County came on Speak Your Piece to talk about the recent meetings pertaining to the Land Use Project. Meetings were held in Cody, Meeteetsee, and Powell and what surprised officials were how different those towns’ needs and wants differed. Meeteetsee was concerned with connectivity and broadband. Powell was concerned about AG and Cody was concerned about water and water use.

Small Business Administration comes to Carbon County

BILLINGS, Mont. - Officials from the Small Business Administration (SBA) came to Carbon County on Thursday to assess any flood-caused damage. Businesses in Fromberg and Carbon County have been impacted the most by the proceeded damage. "It's gonna be a multi-day process to determine how much damage there was from...

Fromberg Needs Your Help

With all the flooding coverage over the last week and a half, we've covered Red Lodge quite a bit. Along with a few other communities. One community I want to shine our radio spotlight on today is Fromberg. About Fromberg. With a population of just 392 from the 2020 census,...

All donations of time, resources and kindness make the difference: A list of nonprofits helping flood victims

A popular relationship book by Dr. Gary Chapman, “The Five Love Languages,” has become a mainstream relationship guide. The book is written to address romantic relationships, but after many years of news reporting, writing, producing and anchoring, I’m stepping out just this once to tell people that during a natural disaster like the recent historic flooding, anything and everything you do for someone else counts.
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Robert E. “Bob” Ranta

Longtime Red Lodge resident Bob Ranta passed away on June 11. He was born on Sept. 28, 1936, to Ahti and Helen Ranta. He was raised by his maternal grandparents on the Jaaksi family farm on Willow Creek.When he was in high school in Red Lodge he was delighted to move into town and stay with his paternal grandparents, Leo, and Hilja Ranta, as it was much easier to play football. One of his life long “loves”. While living with his Ranta grandparents he became very useful in helping them maintain “The Ranta Cabins”. The site now known as the Lupine Inn.He also learned the carpentry trade from his grandfather Leo, who was a very notable craftsman of the time. Bob picked up on this craft and became a very successful carpenter learning many of the special skills from his grandfather. Many of the buildings they worked on together are well known in the Red Lodge area.Bob married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Ilene Hebbert, right after graduation. They were very happy and eager to start their life together as well as have a family. They were blessed with four children. After only ten years of marriage Ilene tragically passed away.Bob was devastated but tried his best to care for his children and keep his young family together. He worked for many different construction companies in the following years. Hardy, Spiedel, Martel, to name a few. Some took him to other towns, Colstrip, Lame Deer, Miles City, Billings.He eventually returned to Red Lodge, where he resumed running his own business “Bob Ranta Construction”.He married JoAnn Jackson who he often referred to as not only his love but his best friend.He was an avid MSU Bobcat and “49” ers fan. Also, a lifelong “dyed in the wool” Democrat. Bob had been a member of the Elks lodge for 32 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He knew every trail, lake, and stream in the area. He also was very proud of his children and their many endeavors. He taught them all the value of hard work and a very strong work ethic. Which he learned from his very early day on the farm.He enjoyed many happy times golfing, bowling, dancing and the company of his wife, children, and many good friends.He was preceded in death by his first wife Ilene, his parents, sister Carol. Those left behind to cherish his memory, wife Joann, son Chris (Sonja) Ranta, daughter’s Leslie (Dale) Haught, Tammara Ranta, Toni (Earl) Ranta-Vinson. Stepchildren Shannon (Frank) Posey, Gregg (Kendra) Jackson, Christy (Kelly) Danielson. 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.Services will be held at the Smith- Olcott funeral chapel on Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow.