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‘Cemetery’ lives to haunt me again

February 23, 2020 at 3:00 am

I had an unsettling flashback on the day of the Flathead County Spelling Bee, the annual showdown of top spellers held Feb. 13 this year.Prior to the event, a few of us in the newsroom were talking about our spelling-bee experiences from da...

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Conditions, conditions...

February 20, 2020 at 3:00 am

In one of the mildest winters I can ever remember in my 22 years in Northwest Montana, I really am wondering what this will mean for our spring and summer conditions. I have looked back through my journals, and about the only thing they ha...

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My decade of dance aerobics

February 16, 2020 at 3:00 am

One of the instructors at my gym recently resurrected her old dance aerobics class — 2000s-era music and moves — for a Saturday morning class. I decided it would be fun to go, having been “into” dance aerobics for many years, when I was mu...

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Ice fishing tourneys

February 12, 2020 at 7:21 pm

Well, as we move into February, the ice fishing season seems to be holding on, if only barely. Still many lakes, especially the larger ones that are either still not frozen or if they are it is marginal ice. Many of the lakes that have been...

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Tired of winter? Go jump in a lake

February 09, 2020 at 3:00 am

I’m here to state the obvious: winter makes people crazy.There’s lots of evidence to back up my bold claim.Just the other day I came across a news item posted on infonews.ca that showed a video clip of a man clad in nothing but his Speedo, ...

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The metrics of shoveling snow

February 01, 2020 at 4:20 pm

Due to circumstances beyond my control (weather and a clogged fuel line in the snowblower), I’ve been required to shovel every inch of this winter’s snowfall, one shovel at a time.Out of curiosity, or boredom, I started breaking down the me...

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What’s in a (cow’s) name?

January 26, 2020 at 3:00 am

It’s funny how memories are jogged. Sometimes all it takes is certain smell, photograph or conversation for some past part of your life to bubble back up to the surface.This was the case last week when I caught part of a conversation at the...

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Time for ‘tip ups’

January 23, 2020 at 3:00 am

For today’s column, I will assume that many readers may have a very basic knowledge, or need a refresher on the many different types of “tip ups” there are. For starters, a basic tip up consists of a frame of some sort, that suspends the sp...

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Always the next big thing

January 19, 2020 at 3:00 am

I got an unexpected introduction to yet another new technology recently.I was picking something up at my son’s house while he was out of town and as I stepped up to the door I heard “Hey there.” The voice came out of seemingly nowhere. It t...

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Pulling the trigger doesn’t always make a great hunt

January 16, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Last November was a transitional point in my adult life. In early November, I fully retired from working for a living. For those of you that know me personally, you know that I spent over 30 years working as a forester for the U. S. Forest ...

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