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 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Cinco de Mayo and the American Civil War

Alert readers will be aware that tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo-the May 5th annual celebration of Hispanic culture and its role in the U.S. The holiday is based on an event in Mexico but not widely...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    April 13, 2022

Recent streaming class part of move to "reenergize the Center"

More than 25 locals came to learn about streaming at the recent class in Chinook conducted by Triangle Communications. Streaming is an electronic delivery method that allows consumers to access...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    March 30, 2022

Skills, patience, and pride bring smiles

Alert readers may recall a story I did in 2017 about Roy Case's evolving Western Cedar Birdhouse business/hobby. Using scrap ends of cedar boards left over from another project he began building...

 

First St. Urho Day celebration a done deal in Chinook

Well, first let me apologize for a big "whoops." Over time writing about St. Urho I somehow morphed in to an incorrect spelling of the made-up name of the patron saint of the Finnish vineyard...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    March 23, 2022

Triangle to offer "How to Stream" class in Chinook

Are you interested in learning how to drop your satellite or cable TV but still be able to watch the local news? Triangle Communications, in cooperation with the Chinook Senior Center, will be...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    March 16, 2022

Five Local congregations begin joint celebrations of Easter season

The "five congregations from three towns" recently celebrated a joint service for Ash Wednesday. Over the years some of the congregations have gathered to celebrate together. This is the first Easter...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    March 9, 2022

Coming up: first chance, as far as we know, to celebrate St. Uhro's Day in Blaine County

Readers may not be familiar with St. Uhro's Day celebrations on March 16...that's right, one day before St. Patrick's Day. St. Uhro is the patron saint of vineyard workers in Finland. Uhro, serving...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    March 2, 2022

Meadowlark First Graders receive flags on Presidents Day

First graders at Meadowlark Elementary in Chinook were pretty excited when Lion Richard Cronk walked in with a box of miniature American flags. They knew the drill, he was going to talk about the...

 

Five local congregations plan combined Lent and Holy Week services

Five local churches studying new ways to share resources and ministries are hosting several joint events during this year's Lenten season and Holy Week. The churches include the Havre Presbyterian...

 

"Free stay" for dog-sitting in Seattle turned out to be costly

Alert readers will recall a story I wrote last December for the "Journal" about a dog/house sitting adventure. The story recounted how my wife Sherry and I spent five weeks, rent free, in a very...

 

Former squadron commander revisited the Airmen's Memorial in Harlem

Darwin Zellmer, of Harlem, recently shared a letter from William McKinney, Col. USAF (Ret). McKinney, and his wife, Jill, visited the Airmen's Memorial in Harlem last fall on the way from their home...

 

Local congregations looking for new paths forward

Three church congregations from Chinook held a joint Christmas Eve service this past week. The evening service was held at the American Lutheran Church in Chinook and joined with the local...

 

Inadvertent dog sitting job may lead to a new career path for local couple

My wife, Sherry, and I are completing our fifth week as dog sitters in an upscale suburb of Seattle. How we ended up taking on this unusual task is a story itself. And what we learned about the...

 

Display at Rough Riders Museum caught my attention

During a stay in Miles city my wife and I visited some of the local tourist attractions. I was especially impressed with the Range Riders Museum. Described as "a celebration of eastern Montana history...

 

Chinook Fire Crew hones skills for fighting structure fires

Crossing Indiana Street near the grocery store a few nights ago I looked south and saw emergency flashing lights. From where I was it looked like a fire truck and firemen running toward the tire shop...

 

Surprise carriage ride turns in to, well, a surprise

Tami Mitchell, Blaine County's Clerk of District Court, hosted a meeting of other District Court Clerks from around District 6-a geographic area that includes district courts from here east to the...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 27, 2021

More US Highway 2 projects slated within next five years

Two of five highway improvements are now completed The Lohman East and West project on US 2 is complete per the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction. The project...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 27, 2021

Father's wish finally fulfilled by two sets of second generation descendants

It took about 40 years and two sets of current descendants to make the wish of a "homestead baby" come true. Joe Havlovick's grandfather, Anton, and Joe's father, Paul, homesteaded on two contiguous 3...

 
 By Steve Edwards    News    October 27, 2021

Surprise "thank you" party held for Jana McPherson-Hauer

About 60 locals gathered last week at the Chinook Eagles for a surprise "thank you" party for Jana McPherson-Hauer resigned recently as head of the Blaine County Health Department. Betty Billmeyer,...

 

Road Trip East-some observations

I wrote recently about southern cooking based on a recent road trip to Georgia. The road trip was 4,000+ miles through 15 states and eight days of driving. My wife and I had never visited some of the...

 

Pass the grits and no chitlins, please

My wife, Sherry, and I just returned from a driving trip to Georgia. The trip was to visit a very dear friend from years back and also, well, about nostalgia. We lived for 20 years over two time...

 

Local first responders commemorate 20th anniversary of 9/11 attack

The sound of emergency sirens sounded in Chinook last Saturday on September 11. Local first responders participated in the commemorative parade to honor first responders and civilians who died or...

 

Punkin' chunkin' is back at Finley's pumpkin patch

I visited recently with Ken Finley out at his garden and pumpkin patch adjacent to the Chinook Water Treatment Plant just off Cleveland Road on the south edge of town. I'd walked through the pumpkin p...

 

Project to preserve veterans' headstones nears completion

A project to stabilize headstones of veterans buried in Kuper Cemetery (northwest of Chinook) and Alice Nash Cemetery (south Blaine County) will soon be completed. The project involved making and...

 

Work on new addition has begun at Blaine County Wildlife Museum

"Journal" readers may have seen the earthmoving equipment working along the north side of the Blaine County Wildlife Museum. That activity is part of the site preparation for a new addition to the... Full story

 

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