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 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 17, 2020

South of the Border: A visit to the world's "largest building"

Columnist's note: During our recent annual post-Christmas visit to see our daughter and her family in the Seattle area, she treated us with a visit to one of the Seattle area's major attractions. My d...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 10, 2020

South of the Border: ""But wait, there's more."...and other stuff"

The combination of the stay at home directives related to COVID-19 plus some long winter days raised my awareness of certain types of advertising on television. Particularly late at night and some...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 27, 2020

South of the Border - Whitlash: name likely a result of poor handwriting...

Columnist's note: We've lived in Whitlash since December, 2018. It's not uncommon when we tell someone we live in Whitlash for them to respond, " Whitefish, that's beautiful country. Do you like the...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 13, 2020

South of the Border: Estonians - Builders from the Baltics in Liberty County

Columnist's note: My rancher friend Bob Thompson asked if I knew about the pioneer-era "sod houses" northwest of Chester. He explained a couple of sod houses were built by Estonians who had a...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    May 6, 2020

Chinook Dental Clinic moving to former Wells Fargo building

On a visit to Chinook a few weeks ago I ran in to Dr. Robert Chaffin who owns and operates the Chinook Dental Clinic. I'd heard Dr. Chaffin had bought the former Wells Fargo building and there were...

 

South of the Border: "Living with the "new normal"... in Whitlash"

More than 90% of the country's residents are under "stay at home" directives and all of us are being cautioned to stay "socially distant" to help minimize COVID-19 spread. We hear the directives will...

 

Signs of spring around the U.S.

Reporter's note: Sitting up here in Whitlash under Montana's 'stay at home directive.' My thoughts have turned to 'signs of spring.' My wife and I lived in eight states and 23 different places within...

 

Observations from a visit to the Aloha State

During early March my wife and I spent 11 days on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Oahu is the most populated of the state's islands and is the home to 1.2 million people, most of whom live in Honolulu....

 

Developer considering Whitlash for mega data center

Experts in electronic data storage, systems engineers, architects and site developers have been scouring the Sweet Grass Hills looking for a site for a place to build a mega data/colocation facility....

 

"What happened near Las Vegas didn't stay near Las Vegas"

Pol Haldeman has lived on a ranch south of Cleveland in the Bear Paws since his family moved west from the Chicago area in 1954. He shared a story he thought readers might find interesting about his...

 

South of the Boarder: St. Urho Day celebration in Whitlash, 2019

Columnist's note: A couple of years ago I read about the annual March 16 celebration of St. Urho's Day in Butte. St. Urho Day celebrations occur in regions of the U.S. where Finnish immigrants live....

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    March 4, 2020

South of the Border: "The Whitlash church steeple: The rest of the story."

Dale Mailand, from Harlem, asked me for a digital photo of the Whitlash church's steeple and belfry. I sent the photo and shortly received a poem Dale wrote about the building and installing of the st...

 

Home demonstration clubs still meeting needs of their members and communities

My wife joined a local home demonstration club after we moved to the Sweet Grass Hills. I had not thought about those clubs since I was a kid. When I was growing up in southern Illinois my mom was...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    February 5, 2020

A Navy Tug, A Barracks Barge And A Pacific Typhoon

Correspondent's note: A fellow Chinook senior coffee drinker, Larry Wisch, asked me a few weeks ago if I'd ever heard about the weird event that happened to Ray Reid at the end of World War II. I...

 

South of the Border: "Snow planes made winter travel easier and provided seasonal recreation"

Columnist's note: Alert readers may recall my request for information about snow planes in our area in a June, 2017 article in the "Journal." I got a few rumors from that appeal but if snow planes...

 

South of the Border: Our second Christmas in the Sweet Grass Hills

Columnist's note: When Sherry (my wife) and I moved to Whitlash mid-December of last year our plan was to leave about this time (December, 2019) when Sherry's year of pastor-in-residence to the...

 

South of the Border: Side: an Extraordinary Novelist from the Sweet Grass Hills

South of the Border, Column No. 39 Columnist's note. The postmaster in Whitlash pointed me to a poster in the post office. The poster shows a photo of a young woman posing with a copy of a small...

 

South of the Border: "Signs of for the Times"

Vicki Kultgen is the Postmaster in Whitlash. She's also a ranch wife, a mom and a volunteer with a variety of community groups. And, she owns and operates Broken Mountains Signs, an online business th...

 

Harlem Senior Center offers a variety of services and programs for locals

Senior friends in Harlem recently invited my wife and me to come for a visit and "help tell others about what is going on at the Harlem Senior Center." Being seniors ourselves, my wife and I always en...

 

Cattle mutilations: Biggest animal cold case file in the nation?

Columnist's note: I'd heard of cattle mutilations but when we moved to the Sweet Grass Hills (about this time a year ago) I began to learn about the specifics of these mysterious happenings. Bob...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    December 4, 2019

Eddie Hawley: former Hays resident wins big at INFR...again!

The Indian National Finals Rodeo, Inc. (INFR) held its 44th championship event the end of October in Las Vegas. At the latest Finals Eddie Hawley and his team roping partner, Myles John, won their...

 

South of the Border:A tradition of community gatherings continues in the Sweet Grass Hills

Columnist's note: In the past three weeks two community gatherings were held at Liberty Hall in Whitlash. The Hall is a 103-year old community meeting place, the first building completed when more...

 

South of the Border: Lauren Lauder Brown: Equine Diplomat of Osteopath (EDO®)

Columnist's note: In prior columns I've written about folks making interesting contributions from their homes in the Sweet Grass Hills. Lauren Lauder Brown came to the Hills from Canada. She married...

 

South of the Border:"Iron rod jerk lines: powering oil well pumps for nearly 150 years "

Columnist's note: Travelers in north central Montana are used to seeing pumpjacks (oil wells) dotting the region. Around Oilmont on the way from Whitlash to the I-15 access north of Shelby (on S-343)...

 

Ken Finley loves to share the spirit of Halloween

Many locals know Ken Finley as "the guy who gives away pumpkins for Halloween from his garden." For the last few years Finley has invited anyone, especially elementary school students and their famili...

 

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