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 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    December 4, 2019 

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...

 

South of the Border; A road trip to "Cut Bank: the Coldest Spot in the Nation

Columnist's note: I recently took my vehicle for a recall notice to a dealership, the nearest being in Cut Bank. Beforehand the shop manager said, "Be prepared to spend the day." Like most folks from...

 

Patching Cracks

I do about 30 chin-ups at the gym several times a week. I don’t like doing chin-ups, and I couldn’t do them for many years. I’d try and try and couldn’t quite get myself up over the bar. Then, a crazy thing happened one day: I did one. After...

 

South of Border: "Why Canadians have U.S. Post Office boxes, eh?"

Column No. 23 Since moving to Whitlash I'd notice vehicles, usually pickups, with Canadian plates stopped at the local post office. Recently I came across a newspaper story out of northern Washington...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    July 24, 2019

South of the Border, "Rocky Mountain hot dogs: an edible icon from north central Montana'"

Column No. 23 Recently I went back to Chinook to help in the Lions Club's pronto pup stand during the 2019 Blaine County Fair. I'm still a member of the club and proceeds from sales of pronto pups...

 
 By Erik Seitsema    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Patching Cracks

I am a procrastinator by nature. Though I’ve gotten better about it over the years, when I was in college, I turned it into an art. I began by waiting until a few days before an assignment was due to start working on it. Then as time went by, the...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    July 17, 2019

South of the Border, "The Lewis and Clark Overlook, the Marias River and the 'broken Mountains'"

Column No. 22 Columnist's note: The Corps of Discovery never reached the Sweet Grass Hills. But Captain Meriwether Lewis explored much of the Marias River in southern Liberty County and recorded...

 
 By Erik Seitsema    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Patching Cracks

This morning, I read an interesting op-ed written by a woman who is a lawyer and mom. She talks at length about the difficulty she has in that role and the hard truth that she often chooses her work life over her family because it fits her...

 

My Answer

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Q: Are the stories true of people dying, going to Heaven, and then coming back to tell about their experiences? A: Best-selling books and blockbuster movies have been read and seen about people dying and...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    July 10, 2019

South of the Border, "Road trips of interest in Montana from Whitlash "

Column No. 21 Columnist's note: My wife and I have been in Whitlash just over six months. After 20+ columns related to the Sweet Grass Hills I decided to write about a couple of interesting stops...

 
 By Erik Seitsema    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Patching Cracks

I am allergic to dandelions. Every spring, my lawn begins to grow, the dandelions show up, and I start to develop headaches and sinus problems. When it gets tiresome enough, I mow in an effort to beat them back. Every home owner knows that mowing won...

 

My Answer

Q: Why does it seem suffering gets worse when we have more conveniences and more scientific breakthroughs than all of history? A: In every country throughout the world there are people suffering—it has been like this since the beginning. Personal...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    July 3, 2019

South of the Border, "Recreational opportunities in the Sweet Grass Hills"

Column No. 20 Columnist's note: With the onset of spring in the Sweet Grass Hills there's a profusion of wildflowers along the roads and in the fields. I've always had an interest in wildflowers and...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 26, 2019

South of the Border:"Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park: Still a powerful place to visit"

By Steve Edwards BCJ News Columnist's comment: Before we moved to the Sweet Grass Hills several people told me, "Be sure and visit that park in southern Alberta. I think it's near Whitlash" There'd be...

 
 By Pastor Eli    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Cities Of Refuge

Good morning friends and followers of the Lord Jesus. I trust this day finds you rested and in full devotion and love to our Lord and Savior. A few weeks ago, we had a post about searching the Scriptures, which was quite profound. It talked about...

 

My Answer

Q: My grandson served in the military and is now back in civilian life. He feels defeated when he sees so many Americans against our flag. Can our nation turn itself around? A: (From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham) America has gone a long way...

 

South of the Border, Column No. 18, "Recreational opportunities in the Sweet Grass Hills"

Columnist's note: In 2006 my wife and I moved from North Dakota to Libby, Montana. Traveling along US 2, to our new place, we saw the official, green signs east of Chester identifying the 'bumps' on...

 

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