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  • Chinook Senior Center

    Jun 19, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Senior Center Another week has passed! Oh, my! They sure go fast! We continue to celebrate and enjoy people every single day, right here, with games, goodies, friendship & fellowship! Today, we celebrated Jack Brandon’s 89th birthday, here, with his family and many of his friends, his favorite cake (German Chocolate) and lots of pictures and laughter. He is a joy to visit with. He has so much knowledge about our area, having grown up here. He also has shared his painting talents for several months with a group of l...

  • Happy Father's Day - Hello, God, it's me, Mara.

    Jun 12, 2024

    You know, Lord, Father’s Day is next Sunday, it was special to watch the younger and older guys being ‘Father’s’. Before the church service began, one guy sat with several little girls; their mommy was off tending to, ‘whatever’. They were in the front row, but he carefully lifted the little one, maybe 3 years old, way up, holding tightly to her legs – she ‘stood’ straight and tall, waved her arms, smiled; once back down, hugged her daddy tightly. A ‘grandpa’ leaned over, ‘helped’ his two small grandsons draw some pictures on several sheet...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Jun 12, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Senior Center We have been blessed by several people who have come into our wonderful center over this past week to share valuable information with us, regarding health concerns of our Blaine county population. These individuals have spent time and energy coming in and having us fill out anonymous questionnaires, regarding our own personal health issues. This is valuable information that they can then put into their database to help secure needed information that will insure future necessary health provisions. Thank you...

  • Chinook Library

    Jun 5, 2024

    It’s time to say thanks to members of the community for donations to the library. We send a shout out to: Kylie and Tyler Kropf, Donna and Pat Murdy, Sabrina Peck, Tanis Ross, Barb Ranstrom, Tidal Sharples, Valerie Houtzel, the Kalk family, Farideh Schmitdke, Rad’s Deli & Pizza, the Danley family, Wilma Mellville and Perry Alcorn, Tony Munari, Chuck Palm and Colleen Overcast. Whether you made a monetary donation or donated something else, we appreciate you! It is great to live in such a supportive community. The theme for our Summer Reading Pro...

  • Harlem Library

    Jun 5, 2024

    The QuickBooks class will begin this Friday, June 7, from 9:00 -noon. You do not need to preregister, but please bring a laptop and the $20 fee for the series. This is a five session class and the other meeting dates are June 14, 21, 28 and July 12. The instructor will be Lori Owens. You may earn 15 credits through Aaniiih Nakoda College by attending all session. This class will cover basic bookkeeping using QuickBooks Online. You may take the class in person or virtually. Please contact the library for more information. Children are still...

  • Chinook Senior Center

    Jun 5, 2024

    Hello From the Chinook Senior Center Trusting that you all had a Memorial Day weekend that puts into your hearts what you, as individuals desire. We all have so very many family members and friends that have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we all enjoy in our beautiful country! For me, it is a poignant time of reflection. May God Bless America, indeed! If we all stop to think about what we have been given, we will be eternally grateful. I cannot imagine living in a country where we do not have the freedoms that we enjoy....

  • You know, Lord, yup – Hello, God, it's me, Mara.

    May 29, 2024

    ‘Mother’s Day is past, but it’s been fun listening to several old and young friends share about the mothers of some of their friends. Take G.L.’s mom for instance. She loved having her daughter’s friends pop in for an overnight or a weekend. Seems like she also had a ‘few’ jobs for them to do while maybe G.L. just watched or went and played the piano while friend 1) ironed, or friend 2) cleaned out a cupboard and washed a DAY’S worth of dishes, or maybe friend 3) ended up having to help ‘mama’ weed the garden; years later, now – we can chuckl...

  • Blaine County Blessings (Fathers)

    May 29, 2024

    Since Fathers’ Day is in June let’s focus on special memories of dads and grandfathers in June. I’ll start out with a story about a time when my dad, Russell Benson, covered my back. Mark and I started dating way back in high school. I rode to Chinook with him one day when he had a dentist appointment. He asked me to go to GTA and pick up a 50-pound bag of powdered calf milk and charge it to his dad, Jim Billmayer. I was a town kid and had never heard of GTA. Instead, I went to IGA and charged every box of powdered Carnation milk they had t...

  • Blaine County Blessings (Thank You, Mom)

    May 29, 2024

    My dad died in an accident when I was 3 ½ years old, leaving my mom to raise 10 kids on a small farm in Minnesota. I don’t know how she managed although she did receive some help from the county. I do know that she faithfully took us to the small country church near our home. In looking back, I am reminded of the story in Mark 12 about the widow who put two small coins in the offering. Jesus said, “This poor widow put in more than all the others.” I’m so grateful for the faith that she modeled to me, that has carried me through the good tim...

  • Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation receives $60,000 from Federl Home Loan Bank of Desmoines and Independence Bank through the Member Impact Fund

    Press Release Friends of the Pool and Park|May 8, 2024

    Chinook, Montana – The Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation are pleased to announce that Independence Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines have rewarded them a $60,000 grant from the FHLB Des Moines Member Impact Fund. This matching grant program, which was introduced in 2023, provides nearly $20 million to eligible organizations in order to strengthen communities in target areas of the FHLB Des Moines district. In 2024, the FHLB Des Moines increased the Member Impact Fund by $10...

  • Letter To The Editor

    May 1, 2024

    To Whom It May Concern, In regards to the upcoming school board elections, I would encourage voters of School District 10 to vote for Justin Liddle. First and Foremost, Justin is a lifetime Chinook area resident with children enrolled in the Chinook Schools. I have known Justin for most of my life, and in my opinion he is a hard working, honest and straight forward man. As a parent of school aged kids myself, I feel strongly that Justin Liddle shares my values and beliefs of how to raise children. Thank you, Todd Mord, Zurich...

  • Linda R. Finley Hendrickson

    Apr 10, 2024

    Linda R. Finley Hendrickson was born on October 19, 1948, in Havre, Montana to Roy F. and Sally A. (Legge) Finley and passed away at her home in Great Falls on March 14, 2024, at the age of 75. She was raised on the family farm east of Chinook in Paradise Valley and moved to Havre. She married Stanley Hendrickson in 1988 and they enjoyed 35 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret Brown of Cut Bank, and Patricia (Gary) Lehnerz of Scottsdale, Arizona;...

  • CHS ALL CLASS REUNION – PLANS WELL UNDERWAY

    Press Release|Mar 20, 2024

    Chinook High School Alumni are welcomed and invited to the upcoming CHS All-Class Reunion scheduled for July 4th – 7th, 2024, in Chinook. This four-day event will boast a plethora of fun and exciting activities. The Reunion Committee would like to welcome Alumni, Family, Friends, Current and Former Teachers, and non-graduating Alumni to attend and enjoy the upcoming festivities. The Chinook High School All-Class Reunion happens every 5 years in beautiful Chinook, Montana and, like many organizations, the All-Class Reunion Committee has been s...

  • Thoughts of Joy - Hello, God, it's me, Mara

    ma|Mar 20, 2024

    You know, Lord, each and every one of us folks could tell of a single item that holds importance and joy that he or she would never part with. ‘Patty’ told us of a fifty-year-old recipe card that was in her mom’s handwriting. Another gal shared that her lovely pink tea-cups, long ago, were her grandma’s favorite teacups. Other folks may value treasured memories - a compliment that encouraged them, a grandchild’s giggle, or even a special insight they had gleaned for Scripture. What we often keep stashed aways in our hearts, though, are thing...

  • Debt Free Living

    Theresa Danley|Mar 20, 2024

    Debt-free living. That has a pleasant ring to it, doesn’t it. Those three simple words have a way of invoking a sense of freedom. They clash with today’s norms of mortgages, high interest rates, credit card and consumer debt - where we spend, spend, spend on someone else’s dime in a thrillingly euphoric (and often expensive) period of grace. But that grace period ends when the creditors come to call. Ultimately, we are brought to account for our indebtedness. The time comes to pay back (with interest). We become enslaved to paying for our p...

  • Blessings---Hello God, it's me, Mara

    Mar 13, 2024

    You know, Lord, when we ask You to bless us or to bless others, we are asking YOU to impart Your favor, protection and peace. Blessings prayed for others have a way of returning to bless the one who prayed. Yes, we ARE born to die and several folks we know, have recently passed on to You. Can’t we just imagine how ‘John’ kissed his son, Fred, tucked him into bed, and said, ‘Good night, and God bless you, my precious son.’ Then, years later, when ‘Freddy’ was visiting his frail dad in the nursing home, he bent to kiss him and said, ‘God bless yo...

  • When Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday coincide...

    Steve Edwards|Feb 21, 2024

    This past week Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday occurred on the same day. I'd never thought about how often these two holidays, both with religious underpinnings, fall on the same calendar date. Turns out, not very often. While the two days infrequently fall together, the last time was in 2018, just a mere six years ago. Although I have written stories about both these holidays, reviewing my work notes and I didn't write about either day in 2018. Weird. Some more research revealed just how...

  • New Year's Wishes--- Hello God, it's me, Mara

    Jan 10, 2024

    You know, Lord, a New Year has dawned and as we flick the calendar to the New Year, we come face to face with the fact that our days on earth are numbered. As we turn to this clean, fresh, new page on the calendar we’re also aware that we have a new day, a new year, in our lives. It is up to us to fill in those pages. Please help us to choose wisely, Lord, as we forget about the past and begin to look forward to what You have in store for us. Your Word is full of promises for us, all-be-it, we are Your way-ward, stubborn, stiff-necked c...

  • A TIME TO … WAIT?

    Dec 20, 2023

    When you are waiting for something special, time seems to come to a stand-still. For children anticipating Christmas, it can feel like an eternity waiting for Santa to make his world-tour. For adults rushing to get every last holiday detail in place, Christmas can come too soon. And yet the span of days for the children is the same span of days for adults, making our experience of time relative to our frame of reference. Einstein had a theory when it came to our experience of time. He called it the Special Theory of Relativity. Einstein...

  • NUMBERS ------------------------------ Hello God, it's me, Mara

    Nov 15, 2023

    You know Lord, t’was fun listening to kids talk about numbers. Here’s a bit of what they said. D. J.: “My grandma’s having a hard time trying to remember her cell phone number, but when her phone rings, even in her old age, she’s smart enough to answer it.” Chuckles. Taylor said, “My Dad reminded us that we should remember our house number, P.O. Box number, our area code, probably what size shoe or shirt we wear as well as today’s date.” Sally laughed about that. Eddie added, “Uncle Dick loves play cards, dice, you name it – if it has numbers...

  • Bands of Belonging

    Bailey Billmayer|Nov 8, 2023

    I belong to a tribe of ranchers who base their happiness on harvest and whether the cows get home, women who throw their hair in a bun and cook until the skies are full of warm colors, and small-town country kids who work in the time they aren’t cramming ‘unwanted’ knowledge into their brains. I am a sister, granddaughter, friend, and student. I belong to a tribe of people who find peace in being alone, and happiness with the few people they surround themselves with. I turn my back on unwanted drama, and go down the path of many uncer...

  • Super Guys Hello God, it's me, Mara

    Oct 25, 2023

    You know Lord, a couple cousins shared what their girls were looking for in boyfriends to make the boys super husbands. The cousins got a kick out of listening to that chatter - sensing that their girls had noticed several neighbors, some as super families, some just so-so. The cousins giggle, wondered if maybe they, as moms, should make a list to give to YOUNG mothers to encourage their little boys. C.Z. and M.C. took a look at their own husbands, making some comments. C.Z. mentioned: “My hubby’s honest, huggable, faithful, clean, sweet, sup...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Vincent G. Vaccaro|Sep 27, 2023

    As a past Paramedic/firefighter I want to bring attention to another 1st Responder that is rarely recognized or thanked. Recently one of our County Newspaper articles had a thank you given only to the Police, Fire, and ambulance. We do not value our Tow Truck Drivers or Wrecking Crews. They too face the horrors of every bad accident scene; get called out at all hours of the night and work in the worst weather, longer than any other 1st responders. More Tow Truck Drivers are killed or injured every year on these calls than police or fire...

  • Encourage Someone - Hello God, it's me, Mara

    Sep 13, 2023

    You know Lord, looking back to a time in our life, to someone who encouraged and helped us along our way, Lord, You may be calling us to DO the same for someone in our life who might need a bit of help, cheer or even some praise right now. K.A., a former neighbor shared how her special three sisters encouraged each other, no matter that they didn’t live near each other. It’s been a long while ago, but thinking about them, one of them became a teacher, one became a Dr., one was a devoted mother and wife. It was interesting to listen as ‘Ka...

  • Grant Us Wisdom Hello God, it's me, Mara

    Aug 16, 2023

    You know, Lord, not every day is easy…. J.J. from out of town, shared that as she was driving the two-lane highway toward her neighbors, a loud vehicle zoomed up behind her, could have passed, but waited until a vehicle was coming toward them in the left-hand lane, then zoomed by her, nearly hitting her car, nearly running into the one coming. In a moment, that vehicle was behind another car, could have passed, but again, waited until a truck was buzzing toward them in the lefthand lane, then, again, zooming around that car that was in front o...

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