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 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...

 

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...

 

Secret of Happiness - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, lots of folks have heaps of thoughts and ideas about the secret of how to have happiness. How about Christmas gifts – just think of all the items, all these special gifts are given because of the happiness and love we share. With...

 

My Answer: from the writings of Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I saw an article about America being in the midst of a full-blown panic attack. Why are the citizens of the greatest nation on earth filled with anxiety, apprehension, and fear, no matter the politics, education, or religion? A: Humanity...

 

"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... Full story

 
 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...

 

Hello Good, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, the Bible states that GOD knows our purpose on this earth before we were ever born. In this age of options, opportunities, choices, and more, You Lord, of all creation, made us for a specific purpose and reason, so, in one sense, we c...

 

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...

 

Letter to the Editor

My Fellow Montanan’s: I feel compelled to bring to your attention an issue that should concern you. The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame [MCHF] Board of Directors wasted nearly $1 million in taxpayer and contribution funds and no one has been held to ac...

 

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...

 

Night Time Prayers - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, sometimes it’s pleasant to think back when we were just little kids and remember, now and then, how we’d pretend to be asleep, and watch for or wait for Mama to tiptoe in to check on us or just watch us as we slept. Every so...

 

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...

 

Letters to the Editor: Blue Christmas

This is a time of year when the expectations are so high and the demand for joyfulness is so great. We are filled with tunes like “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”; we race around shopping for the perfect gifts, getting...

 

Patching Cracks

Before coming to Big Sandy, I worked with kids in a mental health facility. Most of the kids were pretty ordinary but had abusive or difficult upbringings. The result of their terrible life experiences was often a great deal of anger and dysfunction....

 

Hello God, It's Me, Mara

You know, Lord, sometimes we just seem to get stressed out, and that doesn’t please You, right? ‘Marcella’ shared how she stays on top of things and is relaxed amid the holiday rush. She called them the “Four Big C’s” and recommended...

 

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:"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)...

 

South of the Boarder: Flatlanders help 'work cows' in the Hills

Columnist's note: In 2000, when my wife graduated from seminary and started a new career as a Presbyterian minister, we made an agreement: she had followed me and my career locations for about 30...

 

Chinook Jr. High Exploratory Agriculture Students Inform us on Noxious Weeds

Robin Allen, a CHS Educator has assigned each of her Junior high students in Exploratory Agriculture a noxious weed to research. Their job is to be able to recognize noxious weeds as well as educate o...

 

South of the Border: Jesse Thompson: Sweet Grass Hills resident represents Montana sheep and cattle interests

Columnist's note: The Sweet Grass Hills are blessed with some very talented individuals. Not only are there ranchers and oil/gas operators, there are teachers, nurses, bureaucrats, writers and...

 

South of the Border: "Whitlash School, 1897-2019: provided a century-plus of learning"

Columnist's note: This past July the old Whitlash School was sold by sealed bid. That concluded more than a century of providing elementary education to students in the Whitlash area. Students now...

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills:"Honey: there's still gold in the Hills"

Columnist's note: In early July I looked out a bedroom window and saw an empty flatbed truck go by our house pulling a trailer with a machine I recognized as one used for moving beehives. A few days...

 

South of the Border: "Side trip to a ghost town: Garnet, Montana"

Columnist's note: About 30 miles east of Missoula on MT Highway 200, while taking a couple of my grandsons back to the Seattle area, I saw the sign for the turnoff to 'Garnet Ghost Town.' I'd passed...

 

South of the Border: "Agnethe Forseth: a homesteader's letters from Grandview"

Columnist's note: Writing about Grandview Cemetery, south of the Hills and north of Galata, I learned that Agnethe Forseth donated the two acres that became, for 90 years, a children's cemetery. Toni...

 

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