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Articles from the December 22, 2023 edition

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  • Letters to Santa

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Hawks Home December 11, 2023 Dear Santa Claus, How are you doing? How's Rudolph? How are the elves? How are the other reindeer? For Christmas, I want trucks. Thank you for all of the trucks. From, Declan Owen - Kindergarten 12/12/23 Dear Santa Claus, How are you and Mrs. Claus? I'm eight years old. How old are you? Are you real? My friends believe in St. Nicholas. I've been good this year. I fell downstairs this year, but I am fine. For Christmas, I would like a nice heavy -...

  • Cooking in the West

    Susan Metcalf|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter in late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl. We should have known... ONLY females would be able to drag a fat man in a red v...

  • Conversations with God

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, CHRISTMAS is just around the corner! Friend, ‘Linda’, shared that when she was young, she’d been told to hide Your Word in her heart, Lord, mentioning how she loved Hebrews 2:1; “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” She added that we’re to be alert and attentive in all areas of our life, especially spiritually. Linda then shared what she remembered about what had happened quite some time ago, how a new mom, ‘Mary,’ ha...

  • Protecting our nation and honoring those who've already done so

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    by Sens. Ken Bogner, John Fuller, Russ Tempel, and Barry Usher For years, Montana has had one of the highest rates of military participation and veterans per capita in the nation. The 2023 Legislature took many steps to both help our men and women in uniform protect our state and country going forward, as well as recognize and honor their service. First, we passed a new law that prohibits foreign adversaries from owning critical infrastructure and agricultural land in Montana. This is crucial to national defense, making it...


    Karen Odell|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    December 18, 2023 It has been a quiet week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The weather has been very mild, so it doesn’t seem like Christmas weather, but no one is complaining, and everyone is still able to get some outside work done. Erma Albert had a doctor’s appointment in Spearfish, on Wednesday, so Dick went with her, and they did a little shopping. They picked up supper at Subway. On Friday, they went to the Senior Center for the Friday meal. Bobbie was not able to come, so Sherry Blankenbaker did the cooking this week. It...

  • Deadline for FWP's new migratory bird stamp art contest extended to Jan. 31

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    The deadline for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks new Migratory Bird Stamp art contest is now Jan. 31. The Wetlands Protection Advisory Council will select the winning piece of art in February. The winning artist will receive a $2,000 cash prize and be featured on promotional materials throughout 2024. In addition to the extended deadline, some changes have been made to contest rules, including artwork previously used in production or entered into any state or federal stamp competition can be submitted. Details on contest...

  • EPS celebrates a season of kindness, academic excellence, and community spirit

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    submitted by Mrs. Carol Spencer The past two months at Ekalaka Public Schools have been a whirlwind of activities as students delved deeply into lessons about citizenship and kindness courtesy of the school's counseling program. On December 4th, the students enthusiastically embarked on a food drive collection. In a spirited display of generosity, each class earned points by donating holiday essentials such as cookies, sugar, flour and chocolate chips. Mrs. Guyer's...

  • Alzada students raise funds for playground

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    submitted by Miranda Hendrickson Students from the Alzada School have been doing some fundraising to raise money to purchase new playground equipment. The students got to vote on what they wanted to see added and it was decided that they would raise money to purchase a single piece of equipment called Overdrive. It is like a merry-go-round but instead of sitting/standing on it, the kids will hold onto the handles and hang from it. It can hold up to six kids at a time. The...

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