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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 18, 2017 

View from the North 40: When the going gets tough, get wordy

This has been a tough week, so to get through it I thought long and hard about what the people I know and respect do to cope with adversity: They play to their strengths — meditation, prayer, binge eating. So I turned to the only thing I have...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 11, 2017

Not so much an epic battle, but it's a war

One of the struggles for those who train combat troops is to condition soldiers to run forward, attacking, when ambushed rather than retreat. Experts say fleeing causes chaos which feeds into the effe...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    August 8, 2017

Hays Community Pow-wow set to start this week

The 2017 Hays Community Pow-wow and related events are set for Wednesday through Sunday in Little Peoples Canyon, also called Mission Canyon, on the southern end of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Powwow committee Secretary-Treasurer Alicia Werk...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 4, 2017

If good luck is all you have, take it

“Well, that was a lucky water break.” Trust me, if you have to say you had a water break, it’s best to have a lucky one. Way back in the early days of Pam and John, we had a water break under the trailer house we were living in. It flooded the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 28, 2017

View from the North 40: It's all right there in the numbers

Data analysts say, if you torture the numbers long enough, they’ll tell you anything. I just read that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled the statistics and crunched the numbers, and the official data says more people in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 21, 2017

View from the North 40: From the bottomless hole of on-hold

Today I would like to take a departure from my usual frivolous subject matter to touch on the serious topic of people’s worth, specifically, the value of my own life. How much is my life worth? Is it worth, for example, $750? When I was a small...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    July 21, 2017

Milk River Indian Days are set for next week

The 53rd Annual Milk River Indian Days at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is gearing up for the weekend of July 28-30, but even before the opening grand entry next Friday, different tribal organizations will be hosting events for a youth day...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    July 17, 2017

Olson takes over as new director at Havre chamber

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has hired Jody Olson to take over as executive director of the Chamber. Olson and her husband, Brian, had become so enamored with Havre during...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 14, 2017

Just how dry is it in Pamville?

Any ideas I might have had for this week’s column were immediately erased in the moment I realized my home was not going to burst into flames, burn to the ground and start a wildland fire that obliterated the Hi-Line. I’m sure you can imagine...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 7, 2017

View from the North 40: Recent encounters in man vs. nature

With wildfires, earthquakes, drought, grizzly bears invading the prairie and our descent into the heart of bug season, Pamville News brings its readership news and commentary on what’s happening in the man vs. nature struggle across the country....

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 30, 2017

View from the North 40: Like first place in the also-ran bracket

Although the most significant contribution to what has kept my husband and I together for the past 200 years (rounded up) is lack of imagination about what else to with ourselves, we have a few other gimmicky tricks, too. One of the biggies is this:...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 23, 2017

View from the North 40: Just another soul-sucking adventure

A modern expression warns that “a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into.” I like that and the format applies to many of our specialty splurges. A monster truck is a hole in the mud you throw money into. See what I did there? A...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 16, 2017

How the Bright Knight saved LA

Once upon a time, when I was young, which was in an era far far away, I wanted to live anywhere except in a little no-account town in Montana where nothing happened, so when I had the chance to live and work in the Los Angeles area for a summer I...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 15, 2017

Fresno Walleye Challenge sees scores of competitors

The Fresno Walleye Challenge fishing tournament saw 81 teams vying for day and weekend money Saturday and Sunday at Fresno Reservoir and fishing for points that could go toward placing in Montana's...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 15, 2017

A spectrum of success

“He was hitting all the development milestones that you would expect, and then one day when we weren’t paying attention it just went away, and we assumed that he was just a quiet guy. Well, no,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 9, 2017

View from the North 40: Oh, Canada, you know how to woo me

Canada has officially become my first alternate for home country. Sure, Montana will always be the country that calls to my soul, but there’s a push in Canada to “update” their laws by making it not illegal to get in a duel with someone. In...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 8, 2017

Fresno Walleye Challenge set for weekend

The Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited still has a few slots open in this weekend's walleye fishing tournament and area youth have an opportunity to experience their own fishing adventure Friday in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Publications    June 7, 2017

Aiming for the midrange: Body condition scoring for beef cows

Though beef cattle producers constantly assess the condition of their cows and heifers, agriculture nutrition specialists say applying a more scientific approach, called body condition scoring, can...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    June 6, 2017

A life outside THE LINES

"Yeah, for sure," Miller said, chuckling. A lot. "Yeah, who would've known, right? I certainly didn't plan to end up here, but it's a good place to raise a family, and there's obviously work, and I'm...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 2, 2017

View from the North 40: When life give you hazards ...

So I lived beyond the summer cold, with some lingering signs, but life just keeps throwing it at me like I’m a fan, and I’m really thinking I should have something like worker’s compensation, but I wouldn’t have to work for it, just live for...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 26, 2017

View from the North 40: I'm sick of my uninvited guest

Dear Summer Cold, I hate to be rude, but I see why nobody likes you. I realize it was unrealistic of me to think you would just go away that first day. But, seriously, all you did was sneak in and annoy my tonsils until they became angry and red. You...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 19, 2017

View from the North 40: Free tickets to the funhouse

Visiting family is like looking at yourself in a funhouse mirror. You know you are seeing yourself reflected back, but everything is skewed, cockeyed and out of proportion. Some of the reflections scare you, but some make you laugh out loud. Half my...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 12, 2017

View from the North 40: Water, water everywhere, but not a thought to think

I could be writing about a lot of really interesting things that happened this week, but instead it’s all about the water. Again. This time, though, I now have it, but apparently don’t know how to use it. Sure, no one who really knows me...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 12, 2017

Vandeberg retiring after two decades of service to the Chamber

After 22 years as the public face and the driving force of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Vandeberg is retiring as executive director of the Chamber. Vandeberg said she had planned to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 5, 2017

View from the North 40: Water, water everywhere; every drop to drink

As I write this, I am exhausted, sun burnt, sticky and salty with dry sweat, gritty and muddy, but I am here to say that one of the greatest marvels of modern civilization is indoor plumbing — water that runs from a well, through buried pipes to...

 

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