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Spring brings choices

April 04, 2019 at 3:00 am

To a lot of folks, the end of ice fishing season can be pretty traumatic. Many of us end the season feeling like we “could of used just a few more days on the ice.” Well, I have news for you, there is still plenty of frozen lakes left fisha...

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A quandary of biblical proportions

March 31, 2019 at 3:00 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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Polson museum building new military barracks

March 24, 2019 at 3:00 am

The Miracle of America Museum in Polson recently inherited a building that is now in the process of being recreated as a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps barracks.While its numerous exhibits cover the spectrum of local, regional and nationa...

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Herding calls part of my milk-maid heritage

March 17, 2019 at 3:00 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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Mom’s kitchen was ‘Little Italy’ with lots of love

March 10, 2019 at 3:00 am

About 10 years ago, my husband’s family began compiling a cookbook to honor and forever preserve my Italian mother-in-law’s cooking legacy.My husband Jim’s grandparents were all born in the Abruzzo region of Italy on the coast of the Adriat...

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Watching old movies: ‘There Will Be Blood’

March 03, 2019 at 3:00 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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A tough season on the ice

February 28, 2019 at 3:00 am

I am sure by now that just about everyone who has ventured out onto a frozen lake in Western Montana has endured the worst of the conditions we see on the lakes when we have a heavy snow year. While some of the lakes have seemed to escape t...

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Collaborative effort will preserve Conrad Mansion grounds

February 24, 2019 at 3:00 am

For nearly 125 years the east side of Kalispell has been anchored by the impressive Conrad Mansion, surrounded by 3 acres of meticulous landscaping and a handsome dry stone fence.The mansion has been an architectural and historic timepiece ...

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A lifetime of bad hair days

February 17, 2019 at 3:00 am

I routinely get Facebook posts from an entertainment website called “Grew Up in the ’70s and ’80s,” and had to laugh when it recently declared this observation about the telltale 1980s hairstyles most of us remember: “Hair so big it had its...

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Take a trip before winter wanes

February 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm

What a difference a couple weeks make! In my last column, I was talking about the mild weather, and welcoming the fact that with February, we were finally getting a shot of winter! Here, just 14 days later, snow continues to pile up, and w...

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