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Jackson, even in June, is worth visiting

July 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

Grapple was collecting on the hood of our pickup as we rolled into Wisdom, Montana, on our way to Jackson Hot Springs for a long weekend.Capricious storm clouds pummeled the Bitterroot Mountain Range rising above the Big Hole Valley and ski...

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Whither the whitefish

July 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

Lake Superior whitefish are back! There have been anglers bumping into a few here and there over the last three weeks or so, and the big schools have yet to fully materialize, but they’re coming! In fact, just a couple of days ago, the lak...

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Mom’s diaries chronicle minutia of life

July 07, 2019 at 3:00 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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Lakers help preserve Flathead’s pristine waters

June 30, 2019 at 3:00 am

For more than 60 years the Flathead Lakers organization has advocated for clean water and a healthy ecosystem for Flathead Lake and the Flathead Valley watershed.Recently, the Lakers partnered with the Flathead Land Trust to raise money sup...

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The naked truth about nude recreation

June 23, 2019 at 3:00 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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Thoughts about neighbors and fences

June 16, 2019 at 3:00 am

If I had to choose sides regarding neighbors and fences, I’d side with the narrator in Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.” While he and his neighbor go about their annual ritual repairing together the stone wall between their properties, th...

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Rotting cow skulls and other moving horror stories

June 09, 2019 at 3:00 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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Libby Museum boasts dodecagonal design

June 02, 2019 at 3:00 am

Anyone who’s traveled U.S. 2 through Libby has spotted the unique 13,500-square-foot building that houses the Heritage Museum. The dodecagonal (12-sided) structure is composed of approximately 800 native Western larch and lodgepole pine log...

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Get your local on

May 29, 2019 at 5:20 pm

It’s pretty amazing when you stop and look at all the things the Flathead Valley is known for. Whether it is destinations like the “Crown of the Continent” that Glacier National Park has become known as, to Flathead Lake, Flathead River, th...

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Newspaper memories: hot wax and pica poles

May 26, 2019 at 3:00 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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