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 By Lois Lambert    Voices    July 13, 2018 

Bright Ideas

My article didn’t get written in time to be included in the 4th of July holiday paper. My husband explains his refusal to hurry, saying he had rushed to beat deadlines for nearly 30 years. He refuses to do that in retirement. Well, that is his...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    July 13, 2018 

Hat Tips

Hello, I really don’t care for a lot of things that happen on the Fourth of July - I used to. I used to like fireworks, but as I’ve aged, they have lost a lot of their bang. And when you have horses and dogs near a city, it is stressful because...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    July 6, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, You haven’t seen me around lately. No, this isn’t a repeat of last week’s column. Although I have been known to do that. The reason for my disappearance this week is hay. Now, I know hay is not real exciting. Hay is not real funny. Hay...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    June 29, 2018

Bright Ideas

My hometown had some 8,000 residents, situated midway between Kansas City and St. Louis, on the Missouri River. James A. Michener mentioned the town without using its name in the book “Centennial.” By Missouri standards, we were a small town. A...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 29, 2018

My grandma's blindness and other health concerns

We had quite a discussion on Facebook awhile back about my grandma, Lena Coon’s, blindness, so let me tell all of you the story about this and other things. My grandparents, Lena and Fred Coons, homesteaded near Belltower around 1910. My mother...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Voices    June 29, 2018

Montana Tales and Trails

If this Universe has a Creator, she must have been having a good day when she created birds. They are colorful and dull, helpful and ruinous. They eat bird seed, harmful insects, even our garbage....

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 29, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, We lost a neighbor this week. A cowboy. A one in a million kind of guy. Bob Christophersen. In the Dakotas, you don’t have to live down the street or across the fence to be a neighbor. As Garrison Keillor once said, “North Dakota is...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    June 22, 2018

Bright Ideas

Years ago, when I lived in Billings, I’d walk to the bus stop downtown and get on the bus headed to Rimrock Mall. I just had to be careful not to buy more than I could carry. Not many people were on the bus; just mentally and physically...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 22, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, I think maybe the rain we had over the weekend was one for the books. It’s not many times in your life when we get a June rain like this. Most reports are from one to three inches. And it came straight down! Here, in the Dakotas, rain and...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 15, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, I suppose you are getting tired of me writing about branding. You should be, because I seem to write about brandings fairly often. I guess it’s because they really show how a neighborhood comes together to work or play. The season is pretty...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 8, 2018

Rooting for the team

All my life I have seen people rooting for their team or players and have done so myself. My earliest memories are going to the high school football and basketball games as a grade schooler in Ekalaka. That would have been in the 1940s and the early...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 8, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, Let’s make a deal! Let’s make a deal! We all have that friend, or maybe relative, that is always looking for a deal. Maybe you are the friend or relative that is looking for “the deal.” You know what I mean. The person that will spend...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 1, 2018

Fishing

Fishing was a big part of our life growing up in Ekalaka and Carter County. I have told some of my fishing stories before, but I don't think that I have ever written a story about fishing, so, here goes. Grandma and Grandpa Coons kept a good supply...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 1, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, It’s been a long time since I read or listened to any of Aesop’s fables. I imagine there are many of you in the same boat I am. We sit and stare at the TV, clicker in hand, and complain because there is nothing good on. Oh, Seinfeld...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Voices    May 25, 2018

Water, water, everywhere

Water, water, everywhere. You don't have to be an ancient mariner to see we have plenty of water around us. People are filling sandbags, checking flood insurance policies or waiting for fields to dry...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    May 18, 2018

Memories

In my last article about Frank and Clara Nies, readers learned of Clara’s early life, her education, and moving to Montana. The article also gave information about her teaching experiences in Calumet, Jordan, and the Mackenzie school, which at the...

 
 By Sharla Sackman    Voices    May 18, 2018

What are those little yellow weeds?

Have you noticed the carpets of a little mustard-like yellow flower this year? The patches seem to be everywhere from road ditches to hay fields to pastures. You are likely seeing either desert or...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    May 18, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, Do you know the song “Muleskinner Blues”? It’s an old classic. I’m not going to sing it for you. It’s a hard one to hit the high notes on. I’ve got the muleskinner blues. They actually started last fall. I’ve a friend in...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    May 11, 2018

Bright Ideas

If you read this on Thursday, I’ll be making my least favorite trip to Billings. If I have my new wheelchair, the trip will be more comfortable. The trip is to have the treatment for jaw pain. That treatment had been scheduled originally for the...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    May 11, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, I think for many people, May is the best month of the year. Grass is greening up, calving is winding down, farmers are starting to curry the ground, and the flies and mosquitoes haven’t really got going yet. So you can have a drink on the...

 

Bright Ideas

My husband does the grocery shopping, but for decades I’ve provided him with a typed or computer generated grocery list. I may allow him to add to the list, but I always hope the store can provide all the other essentials I list. We went to Miles...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    May 4, 2018

Memories

I would like to share one comment as I begin; Bill Lavell and Madlon Brence mentioned one individual, Lee Bair, recently in their articles and it brought back my memories of this man. As I remember, he had lost a leg and became a salesman. As Madlon...

 

Quarterly Legal Tip

My apologies for the late article! There have been some positive developments in my career that have delayed my submission of my Quarterly Legal Tip. I hope you will forgive my tardiness. Now on to the tip! Have you heard of the ABLE Savings...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    May 4, 2018

Hat Tips

Hello, As is always said, old age is not good, but it is better than the other option. What made me think of this is my age. I’m getting old enough where I suppose I would be referred to as elderly. I used to think elderly was around 50, then I...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    April 27, 2018

Bright Ideas

Robins returned before I thought the ground was thawed. Were there any worms near the surface for which robins could peck? What else do robins eat? Brice is seeing more cottontails when he looks through the windows. We used to have a cottontail...

 

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