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

‘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....

 

Blaine County Blessings (Fathers)

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 Chino...

 

Blaine County Blessings (Thank You, Mom)

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 co...

 

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

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 F...

 

Letter To The Editor

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...

 

Linda R. Finley Hendrickson

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...

 

CHS ALL CLASS REUNION – PLANS WELL UNDERWAY

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 w...

 
 By ma    Opinion    March 20, 2024

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

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 share...

 

Debt Free Living

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, spe...

 

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

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 w...

 

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

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....

 

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

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 n...

 

A TIME TO … WAIT?

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...

 

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

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...

 

Bands of Belonging

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 c...

 

Super Guys Hello God, it's me, Mara

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...

 

Letter to the Editor

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...

 

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

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...

 

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

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 t...

 

Happy Moments - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, we all love happiness. How about a family get-together; sharing some happy moments, that was fun! ‘Oh, it’s delightful to see you here – lets have some ‘Happy Moments’, eh?’ Elly laughed. Lady #1: ‘Well, as old as we are, I’d say...

 

God's Calendar-------------- Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, innumerable words have been, and still could be written about June. Here’s an excerpt from “God’s Calendar”, By William A. Quayle: “June is the rose month, but God’s calendar is not made by things men grow but by things God grows H...

 
 By Guest Column    Opinion    June 7, 2023

Is it a Sin to be Patriotic?

Special Article Submitted in honor of Flag Day. Some people call me “Old Glory” others call me “The Star-Spangled Banner;” but whatever they call me, I’m your flag-the flag of the United States of America. Something’s been bothering me, and I thoug...

 
 By Jamie Henneman    Opinion    May 31, 2023

In rural America, we are more self-reliant, more capable

In our highly politicized, mass-media, instant-news culture there are ongoing messages about inequality, gender disparity, unfairness, race conflicts and other social ills. People argue that more regulations or more government money or more programs...

 
 By Kody Farmer    Opinion    May 17, 2023

Sugarbeeters to send Three to State C Golf Tournament in Great Falls

The Chinook Sugarbeeter Girls and Boys Golf Teams have certainly faced a number of obstacles that they had to overcome. It’s fair to say all teams have faced similar obstacles with a few managing to get on the course more than others. In C...

 

Letter to the Editor

Respect Isaiah 17:7 – At that day shall a man look to his maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. Philippians 4:11 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in. whatsoever state I’m there with to be content....

 

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