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 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 12, 2019

South of the Border, Column No. 17:"Sweet Grass Hills Family Camp, 1979-1999"

South of the Border, Column No. 17 Columnist's note: Several weeks ago someone asked if I'd heard of the Sweet Grass Hills Family Camp. They explained several local people were involved and that two...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 5, 2019

"Royal Neighbors of America chapter in Chester, Montana"

South of the Border, Column No. 16 Columnist's note: The topic for this week's column is from nearby Chester, a town my wife and I visit regularly for shopping. In Chester I noticed a large, brown...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 29, 2019

South of the Border: "Walking from Whitlash to a foreign country"

South of the Border, Column No. 15 Columnist's note: My wife and I have lived in Whitlash since mid-December, 2018. Living only six miles from Canada our intent was to visit our northern neighbors as...

 
 By Erik Seitsema    Opinion    May 22, 2019

Patching Cracks

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese word referring to their cultural understanding of beauty. It’s an interesting perspective that is very different from what we generally accept in the west. Whereas we tend to look at things that are perfect as beautiful,...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 22, 2019

South of the Border:"Some uncommon farm tractors around Whitlash"

Column No. 14 Columnist's note: A tractor sitting by a shed near the Whitlash Post Office drew my attention when we first moved to town. It was a Belarus, which sure sounded Russian to me. Some...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Easter sunrise at Whitlash: "The cows are in the church yard!"

South of the Border, Column No. 13 Columnist's note: This was our first Easter in Whitlash and sunrise on this past Easter Sunday was pretty exciting. That got me thinking about a number of other...

 

My Answer

Q: I fear for the attack on our homes, our families and our children—the future of our country. What can we do to combat the assaults? A: The family, for most, used to be a close-knit group, and the home was self-contained. It was shelter; it was...

 
 By Erik Seitsema    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Patching Cracks

“A man and a woman are walking up to a building. The man notices the woman and runs ahead to open and hold the door for her. As she walks in, she turns to the man and asks ‘Are you holding this door because I am a woman?’ He responds: ‘No. I...

 

South of the Border:"English Boy 1908:" a mysterious grave in the Whitlash Cemetery

South of the Border, Column No. 12 Columnist's note: Recently Betty Ann Wolery, secretary for the Liberty County Cemetery Board, stopped me in the library in Chester and asked if I knew about the...

 

My Answer

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Q: America has been a land of plenty for much of its history and some believe our nation can never fall. Are we in danger of going the way of other great and powerful nations? A: Fifteen hundred years ago th...

 

South of the Border: "Some curiosities around Whitlash"

South of the Border, Column No. 11 Columnist's note: I've had the privilege to live in many diverse locations over the years. A newcomer to an area has a unique opportunity to see a place with a 'new...

 
 By Donna Miller    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Blaine County Beacon:Jensen Responds to Customers' Search for Knowledge and Advice from a Trusted Source

In the fall of 2016, Ryan Jensen noticed a need in the community, so he decided to start an agriculture supply business in order to make quality products available locally. With Milk River Ag, he can obtain and distribute supplies like seed and feed...

 

Letter to the Editor

House Bill 658 and House Bill 652, the Medicaid Expansion bill and the Long Range Infrastructure Bonding bill This past week, the Montana House of Representatives passed both House Bill 652, the Long-Range Bonding bill, and House Bill 658, the...

 

South of Border in the Sweet Grass Hills

Column No. 7 Columnist's note: Travelers headed north from Shelby on I-5 may have seen the 'standing elk' on the east side of the interstate just before the exit to Oilmont. The elk is in a slight...

 

My Answer

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Q: Is it true that Queen Victoria believed in Jesus Christ? A: In the biography of Queen Victoria there is a heart-warming story told. She went into the slums of London and visited the home of an elderly lad...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    April 3, 2019

South of The Border: Whitlash's Liberty Hall and the Would-be U.S. Veep

South of the Border, Column No. 7 Columnist's note: Liberty Hall, the century-old community hall in Whitlash sitting atop a small rise, is one of the first buildings a traveler sees when approaching W...

 

Let's talk Snow snake on April Fools' Day 2019

Columnist's note: My wife and I moved to Whitlash in mid-December. Despite a mild start to winter, we saw little wildlife except a few sharp-tailed grouse wandering through the yard and occasional...

 

The Whitlash Church, the "Lord's Acre Plan" and the "E Hanging M" brand

Whitlash, Montana. Columnist’s note: In the narthex (entrance) of the Whitlash Presbyterian Church there is a ‘centennial quilt’ on display. The quilt commemorates the church’s hundredth...

 

My Answer

The human soul transcends earthly value Q: Why is it that Christians say we have to believe their way or miss Heaven? Isn’t this a little narrow, maybe even arrogant? A: Christians do make up a religion—Christians believe God’s every word. Jesu...

 

South of the Border; Ground Hog Day and Candlemas

From Whitlash. For readers who missed it, Ground Hog Day was Saturday (February 2). That's the day the furry weather prognosticator gives an insight as to how much longer winter will last. Growing up...

 

Patching Cracks

Mark Twain once said: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” The reason being that no-one wants to eat a frog....

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills

Dateline: Whitlash, Montana. In my first "South of the Border" column I wrote generally about the location of the Sweet Grass Hills (visible most days looking north from US Highway 2 from the...

 

Patching Cracks

A few weeks ago, my 5-year old son was playing with a girl from his class. I gave them snacks, a plate of chips each. My boy eyed up the plates and went to grab the one that appeared to be larger. I stopped him and asked if he was forgetting...

 

South of the Border

Whitlash, Montana. Ministers new to a church typically make an early effort to identify and contact all the church and/or family members who are living in assisted living or nursing homes. The reason...

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills

Columnist's note: Alert readers will recall that mid-December my wife Sherry and I moved to Whitlash. For the next year Sherry will be the "pastor in residence" for the Whitlash Community...

 

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