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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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Libby Museum boasts dodecagonal design

June 02, 2019 at 5:00 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 7:20 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 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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Finding stuff is, thankfully, not a lost art

May 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Who hasn’t, at one time or another, lost a precious possession?I suppose losing stuff teaches us to “let go” of possessions, lest they possess us. That can be a hard lesson, though. Here are a few of my own “lost and found” stories with hap...

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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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A declining wildland deer herd

May 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

[Editor’s Note: After a brief respite, longtime Daily Inter Lake columnist Warren Illi will once again be sharing his opinions and personal anecdotes on all things outdoors related. Illi can be reached at illiwa@bigsky.net.]One of the major...

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Roundup grant shines a light on safety

May 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

On behalf of Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, Ian Bartling, camp wilderness program coordinator, emailed the Inter Lake to thank Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety program for providing funds for safety initiatives in the local...

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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 mother’s homecoming

April 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

When, at 92, a person ought to be dozing off in their easy chair while watching Turner movie classics, the past couple of months my mother found herself in a short-term facility recovering from a fall.As she was returning to church after ch...

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