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January - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, here comes a New Year, a clean month, a bright new day. Thank You, Lord. William A. Quayle, in his book “God’s Calendar,” has some fascinating musing about months. Some for January are: “The Calendar is God’s invention. The...

 

Mending? ------------ Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, mending day happens; there are sox, shirts, jeans, you name it and it probably needs mending. Besides clothing, there is upholstery, fences, relationships, and even broken hearts to mend. Mending clothing isn’t all that complicated...

 

Letter To The Editor

This past month has seen passage of one of the largest investments in American infrastructure in the nation’s history. Few states benefit more from this Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill than Montana. This is largely due to the work of our very own...

 

From the desk of Senator blasdel

Letter to U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale Senators and Representative, As we approach Christmas, we have one request to Montana’s federal delegation: please do everything in your power to stop the...

 

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...

 

On Hope ---- Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, when it seems that there’s no hope, things aren’t going according to our plans, or maybe just going askew, it’s then that we must remember that You are faithful, You hear our prayers and intervene in Your way –Your time ...

 

Holidays have a way of bringing out our creativity

Although Chick-fil-A's cow campaign plays off the idea that cows want people to eat more chicken so they will in turn not be eaten, here in cattle country, beef is what's for dinner! This colorful...

 

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...

 

The Power of Gratitude

As our country continues to deal with the effects of a global pandemic and the subsequent economic stress, political turmoil, and a myriad of other distressing conditions, it may be difficult to...

 

Quality, Not Quantity ? Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, recalling a ‘happening’ from a long time ago, was fascinating. Several of us gals had to deal with those pre-college physicals. None of us were really that tall but several of us were delighted to see that we WERE taller than...

 

Don't Seek Revenge - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, a while back, a friend shared about bearing a grudge against one of your children who was one of their friends, adding that hanging onto bitterness and keeping alive grudges is truly consuming work. She was exhausted and really...

 

4 Basic Elements ? Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, several friends went walking one morning, through the nearby park, along some hills, loving and appreciating the view, enjoying their time together. Gal #1: “I’m out of water, I’ll soon need a drink. Are we about to the end of...

 

Guest Column: Russ Tempel

Time has been going very fast with function after function all summer. Some of the activities are related to my work with the Senate, some family get-togethers, and a couple of fun things just for Judy and me. For the Senate, Senator Mike Lang put...

 

Letter to the Editor

I read with interest the June 23rd article “Voters May Not Get A Voice”. I along with several other community members were in attendance and a spirited discussion of the “Nonpartisan Ordinance” occurred. Following that meeting, I did...

 

Ice Cream?---- Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, when one thinks about Dairy Products, we might wonder which are the most important for the well-being of the human body. Just ask anybody, and they’ll perhaps say that Ice Cream is probably the most favorite of all dairy products....

 

Clouds and Birds---------- Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, the cloud formations, from our point of view here on our hilltop, are breathtaking! We do need rain in our area. One minute it looks like rain clouds bounding over the horizon; a bit later, the sun is bursting through again in a... Full story

 

Protecting Montana's Future

April is always a fast-paced month at the legislature, and this year is no different. The Senate has been busy voting on a lot of bills that covered a wide variety of topics. I am confident that the bills we passed will improve lives of Montana’s...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    March 3, 2021

More info found about cowboy artist Walter J. Brown

Alert readers may recall a story in the January 27 issue of the "Journal" about Walter J. Brown. Brown, a cowboy for Miller Brothers from the late 1940's through the 1950's, was also a cook on the...

 

Kindness Matters Everyday

Random Acts of Kindness Day was first created in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 by a small nonprofit organization, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). Nine years later it spread to New Zealand....

 

Love is Special ---- Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, reading Proverbs 17:22: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” was a reminded of long ago when several of us gathered over at C.B.’s house. [Just for fun, initials were used instead of names.]. C.B. was getting up in...

 

COVID-19 has changed how we spend leisure time

A year-long series of directives, rules and, in some cases shutdowns and cessation of public activities, resulted from the need to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most all of us have been affected...

 

Native cowboy artist used materials at hand to make unique art

Blaine County Museum Curator/Manager Samantha French asked me recently what I knew about a piece of art on canvas that once covered a chuckwagon on the Miller Brothers ranch. The piece of canvas has...

 

B & B Buyers' collection of news clippings is a slice of local history

Correspondent's note: Laurie Faber recently told me, "You might be interested in doing a story about the news clippings posted on the walls of the scale house at the livestock loadout facility...

 

Maiden flight of Dick Edgington's homebuilt plane back on hold

Another glitch has halted the runup to the maiden flight of Dick Edgington's homebuilt RagWing4 single engine plane. Many locals recall the plane that Edgington, a longtime resident of Chinook, built...

 

Christmas is good news------ Hello God, it's me, Mara

It’s amazing, Lord, when one finds an interesting article to share! The following is by Ruth C. Ikerman, entitled: Do what You Don’t Have To DO. “A friend who thoroughly enjoys each new Christmas season once told me in a moment of fellowship th...

 

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