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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... Full story

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    January 22, 2020 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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...

 

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