Lynnette Hintze: As I See It

‘Norway in a Nutshell?’ You betcha!

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

I’m going to Norway in September with my adventure-seeking daughter (the one who currently is on a 1,000-mile road trip to the Arctic Ocean through the Northwest Territories) and I’ve been trying to put myself in a Norske state of mind.The ...

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Mom’s diaries chronicle minutia of life

July 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

I was in Minnesota for a week the end of May to spend time with family and make daily visits to my mother at the memory-care facility where she resides. One of the ongoing tasks has been to sort through the boxes of Mom’s stuff that have ac...

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The naked truth about nude recreation

June 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

I’m guessing there are plenty of Flathead folks who don’t know about Nude Recreation Week, a weeklong celebration in July that coincides with the second annual International Skinny Dip Day on July 13, when “bare bun fun runs” are among the ...

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Rotting cow skulls and other moving horror stories

June 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Moving one’s earthly belongings from one place to another may be one of the worst tasks there is. It’s a slog no matter what, and sometimes it borders on unbearable.My younger daughter, her husband, my 3-year-old granddaughter and their two...

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Newspaper memories: hot wax and pica poles

May 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Forty years ago this month, I walked into the Detroit Lakes Tribune and took my place in the newsroom of what was then the largest twice-weekly newspaper in Minnesota. It was my first job after graduating with a journalism degree.I wasn’t n...

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Self-sacrifice a big part of motherhood

May 12, 2019 at 5:48 pm

There must be a million quotes about mothers.“It’s the hardest job you’ll ever love.”“There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.”“Being a mother is the highest paid job in the world, since the payment is in...

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May Day memories; some are fuzzy

April 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

When the conversation turned to May Day last week in the Inter Lake newsroom, I was surprised at the range of memories my colleagues have about this particular holiday.I vaguely recall making May Day baskets in grade school, filling them wi...

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A quandary of biblical proportions

March 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

Forty years ago I was at an estate auction in Moorhead, Minnesota, buying an antique oak dresser when I spotted a large, leather-bound Bible for sale.This was no ordinary Bible. The old, sculpted leather cover is embossed with gold trim, an...

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Herding calls part of my milk-maid heritage

March 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

I came across a YouTube video last week about “kulning,” the ancient Swedish herding calls used by women centuries ago to call the cattle back home to the farm in the evenings.The melodic calls had a soothing, yet haunting quality that mesm...

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Watching old movies: ‘There Will Be Blood’

March 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

I know I’m stating the obvious, but it’s been an agonizingly long winter. In our 28 years of living in the Flathead, I can’t remember another winter when our long, rural driveway has been made impassable so many times by drifting snow. (We ...

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