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  • 9th Annual Dino Shindig next weekend

    Updated Jul 15, 2021

    The 9th Annual Dino Shindig is set to take place next weekend in Ekalaka. Visitors will be in town from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities and dance the night away. On Thursday, July 22 the museum is hosting yoga, beginning at 7 p.m. at Medicine Rocks State Park. Stargazing will follow at 8 p.m. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, kid's can check out an array of activities on the museum lawn. Admission is $5 for...

  • Knipfer matriarch celebrates 90th birthday

    Updated Jul 15, 2021

    Rita (Babb) Knipfer is the last of Nora (Turbiville) Knipfer's children and spouses alive. Rita is the widow of the late Ernest Knipfer. A gathering of fifty-one of her relatives gathered for lunch, picture taking and much visiting and reminiscing on July 3 at Ekalaka Bible Church. Besides her 3 daughters; Ellen (Keith) Beach, Irene (Jim) Hendricks and Nita (Gary) Schallenberger; her brother Loyal (LaVonne) Babb; 7 grandchildren and spouses; 14 great-grandchildren; she was...

  • The home place

    Bill Lavell|Updated Jul 15, 2021

    My Grandparents, Fred and Lena Coons, homesteaded near Belltower in 1911. Grandpa came out and homesteaded and after some time Grandpa and my Mother joined them. My Mother was born in Malvern, Iowa on January 10, 1910. She was just a little one when she came out to Montana. They built a house, I don't know what year, which I loved and spent a lot of time in. They called this the home place. I was born in this place in 1938, with my Grandma attending Mother. At the time that I was around there, they had two other places with...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Jul 15, 2021

    It is a tough year in Montana with drought, grasshoppers, and now wildfires. As I write this, our Musselshell Ranch is under evacuation order from the Peterson Fire. We are praying that our place will be spared while knowing that our neighbors to the north are losing almost all of their pasture as the fire explodes, and we can only pray for their livestock, their structures, and the fire fighters. All we can really do is wait to see which way the wind blows the fire. My heart breaks for the affected landowners, because I...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Jul 15, 2021

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, life isn’t all sunshine and laughter – our seas are not always calm but You know all about it, Lord, for You created us. We’re clay vessels. We tend to wear out and get ill, both mentally and physically. Sometimes medicines help and sometimes, it seems to us, that the side effects are worse than whatever it is we have. At a recent art show there were hundreds of lovely pictures and drawings of plants, animals, scenery, sky; you name it and it was there. Some paintings looked like ph...

  • Mule deer shot near Rosebud, left to waste

    Updated Jul 14, 2021

    MILES CITY – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are seeking information on two mule deer that appear to have been shot and left to waste on or near the last day of July in the Rosebud area. On June 30, FWP Region 7 Warden Sergeant Casey Prell responded to an area just north of Horse Creek Road, north of Rosebud, to investigate the incident. One of the deer was a buck and the other was a doe. The deer were found three miles apart, and both appear to have been shot from the road. Anyone with information about this c...

  • Rescuers believe lost hiker Tatum Morell did not survive

    Updated Jul 14, 2021

    After nearly a week of intense search efforts for missing hiker Tatum Morell in the mountains near Red Lodge Montana, rescuers now believe it is unlikely she is still alive. Rescuers have been searching extensively since July 5th for Tatum. Mountain rescue teams, search dog teams, and ground search teams have put hundreds of rescue hours into searching the area, including searching all possible routes, mountain peaks, ridges, as well as the area around her tent. Search...

  • Veteran's Memorial Park receives additional funding

    Updated Jul 14, 2021

    Organizers and planners of Ekalaka Veteran’s Memorial Park thank TC Energy Foundation for donating $3,000 towards the project. TC Energy has been a generous contributor for community development in the area. The park will be located in Perso Park on Main Street. It will have a masonry reflecting wall and a patio with three benches facing the wall. The wall will include the seals of the branches of the military. Solar spotlights will be added to light up the seals at night. EPEDC was thrilled to be able to provide the grant w...

  • Fair planning continues

    Updated Jul 14, 2021

    Plans for the Days of ‘85 are continuing as the event draws nearer. The annual fair and rodeo is slated for August 12th through August 15th this year. On Thursday, sheep dog trials will be taking place at Ekalaka Track and Arena. On Friday at noon the pet parade will begin at the fairgrounds. The Firemen’s Barbecue will take place at the fire hall from 4 to 7 p.m., and entertainment has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A kid’s dance and games will take place at the fairgrounds, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The Bump-N-Run is sched...

  • Days of '85 parade nears

    Updated Jul 14, 2021

    This year’s Days of ‘85 parade is quickly approaching. With the fair only four weeks away, now is the time for businesses, ranches, churches, organizations and classes to start brainstorming float ideas. “Hometown Heroes” is this year’s fair and parade theme. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, August 15 at 11 a.m. Entries for the parade are due by Friday, August 13. Late entries may be accepted, but will not be judged. Floats can start to line up at 9:30 a.m. at Fruit Service and Repair and should be in place by 10:15 a.m...

  • Progress on School connecting wing

    Updated Jul 14, 2021

    Progress on the connecting wing at Ekalaka Public Schools as of July 14....

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